Law | Euthanasia advocates celebrate Oregon as a nationwide model
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/09/05, 12:00 am
This past February, Oregon resident David Prueitt awoke from a coma and asked, "Why am I not dead?" The terminally ill 42-year-old had self-administered a supposed lethal dose of barbiturates three days earlier in accordance with state law, under which doctors can legally prescribe suicidal amounts of drugs to qualifying patients. Mr. Prueitt lived for two more weeks before dying naturally of lung cancer, telling his wife that God had rejected his premature death and that doctor-assisted suicide is wrong.