ORS 127.570¹
Mercy killing
  • suicide

(1) Nothing in ORS 127.505 (Definitions for ORS 127.505 to 127.660) to 127.660 (Short title) and 127.995 (Penalties) is intended to condone, authorize or approve mercy killing, or to permit an affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life, other than to allow the natural process of dying. In making a health care decision, a health care representative may not consider an attempted suicide by the principal as any indication of the principal’s wishes with regard to health care.

(2) The withholding or withdrawing of a life-sustaining procedure or of artificially administered nutrition and hydration in accordance with the provisions of ORS 127.505 (Definitions for ORS 127.505 to 127.660) to 127.660 (Short title) and 127.995 (Penalties) does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide, assisting a suicide, mercy killing or assisted homicide. [1989 c.914 §14; 1993 c.767 §17]

Law Review Cita­tions

26 WLR 317-338 (1990); 71 OLR 909 (1992)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 127—Powers of Attorney; Advance Directives for Health Care; Declarations for Mental Health Treatment; Death with Dignity, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors127.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 127, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­127ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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