Portland, Ore. - An Oregon bill on advanced medical directive rules could allow patients who suffer from dementia or mental illness to be starved or dehydrated, opponents warned.
“These are patients who are awake, can chew and swallow and want to eat, even though in some cases they may need help in delivering food to their mouths,” Gayle Atteberry of Oregon Right to Life said Jan. 31. “Current safeguards in Oregon’s law protect these patients from this type of cruelty. This bill take away these safeguards.”
The legislation, S.B. 494, would create an appointed committee empowered to make changes to the advance medical directive governing end-of-life decisions.
I recall when someone routinely maligned by the Left spoke of "death panels" and was greeted with derision. She was correct, as we are now witnessing. The problem seems to be that these folks just aren't dying quickly enough, so they need help. That saves Oregon and the insurance companies a lot of money.