Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Any Studies Claiming That Oregon's Law is Safe, are Invalid

Jeff Essmann
During a Montana legislative hearing in 2011, State Senator Jeff Essmann made the following observation about Oregon’s law, that any study claiming that it’s safe is invalid.  He observed:
[All] the protections end after the prescription is written.  [The proponents] admitted that the provisions in the Oregon law would permit one person to be alone in that room with the patient.  And in that situation, there is no guarantee that that medication is [taken on a voluntary basis].
So frankly, any of the studies that come out of the state of Oregon’s experience are invalid because no one who administers that drug . . . to that patient is going to be turning themselves in for the commission of a homicide.  (Emphasis added).
Hearing Transcript for the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee on SB 167, February 10, 2011