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A policy analysis of Oregon's death with dignity act of 1997 and comparison to California's end of life options act of 2015
by Sermeno, Jacob R., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 67; 1588646
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this policy analysis was to examine the current variation of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act of 1997 (DWDA), which allows state residents to seek physician's assisted suicide (PAS). It includes a detailed policy analysis of the act, with an emphasis on its impact if legislated in the state of California through SB 128, the End of Life Options Act which currently is under review by the Senate's Health and Justice Committee. DWDA is the first legislation to be implemented in the United States, after several Supreme Court decisions. This analysis begins with a historical and international overview of PAS and voluntary active euthanasia (VAE). National laws and use of PAS and VAE are discussed. The analysis is based on Gil's (1992) original framework and updated by Jimenez, Pasztor, Chambers, and Fujii, (2015). Limitations and recommendations for future analysis and advocacy are provide

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pasztor, Eileen M.
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Washington, Thomas A.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: California, Death with dignity, Euthanasia, Pas, Physician assisted suicide, Policy analysis
Publication Number: 1588646
ISBN: 978-1-321-74646-4
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