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. 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.
The film will be shown on Thursday, March 30, at 4 pm in the Health Sciences Center, Lecture Hall 5, followed by a discussion panel for New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act.
All are welcome, light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or for more information, email NY@CompassionAndChoices.org or call (631) 444-8029.
Sponsored by CompassionAndChoices.org and the Stony Brook’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics.