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Death With Dignity Bill Draws Party Line Vote

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SALEM – As the Oregon legislative session nears its final days and lawmakers rush to move priority bills through committees, advocates of the state's pioneering Death with Dignity law are pushing for a change to increase patient access to life-ending drugs.

Dr. Ira Byock Urges Portland Audience to Talk About End-of-Life Care

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While opposed to Death With Dignity, Dr. Ira Byock also says conservatives have accused him of favoring euthanasia

January 30, 2013 -- Dr. Ira Byock, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth College and writer on end-of-life and palliative care issues, talked to a packed house at the Oregon Humanities Center in downtown Portland about an unlikely topic for Friday night entertainment: death.

Ashland Community Hospital Expected to Merge with Asante

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Earlier, Dignity Health pulled out of the acquisition after the community raised concerns about emergency abortions and end-of-life care

January 2, 2013 -- Ashland Community Hospital and Asante – a southern Oregon-based healthcare company that owns hospitals in Medford and Grants Pass – are hammering out the details of a proposed merger, and expect to continue those talks into early next year, according to Roy Vinyard, Asante's president and CEO.

My Body, My Choices

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The author, who’s been diagnosed with stage 3 bladder cancer, will discuss his end-of-life choices when he makes a presentation at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland on November 11

OPINION -- November 6, 2012 – I hope to choose the time of my death. Having been born in 1934, I accept the reality of death.

I did not choose blood clots in my urine. I did not choose stage 3 bladder cancer in April 2011. With help from my physician friends and family, I did choose to have the Radical Cystectomy surgery; I did choose the surgeon (from among four I interviewed) and the anesthesiologist.

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