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In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.
In HOW TO DIE IN OREGON, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether and when to end their lives by lethal overdose. At the heart of the film are the patients themselves, their families and friends, as they grapple with the legal option they are allowed in Oregon. Through their stories, Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
It left me with very conflicted difficult feelings.
It gives you a personal look at what it's like to be faced with a terminal illness and why every state should have a death with dignity law.
The end of life option used by people in this film looks like the more logical one to take from my perspective.
Very heartfelt and emotional documentary. I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to others.Published 15 days ago by G & C Devine
People can end their lives wherever they live, but this documentary focuses on how a law in Oregon allows people suffering from incurable terminal illnesses to end their lives with... Read morePublished 24 days ago by note4u
Very well executed and thought provoking look at end of life issues. In one of many insightful moments, an elderly, very ill patient is asked if she is ready to end her life. Read morePublished 25 days ago by happy shopper
A very informative documentary on a sensitive subject. Very emotional and moving at times. Evokes empathy and anger sometimes together.Published 1 month ago by Ken