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Assisted-Suicide Advocate Uses Ore. Law To End Own Life

The assisted-suicide advocate, who was also a physician, used lethal chemicals and an Oregon law he helped pass to end his own life. He was 83.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Oregon Physician Behind Death With Dignity Dies At 83, Using Aid-IN Dying Law He Championed
Peter Goodwin fought for years to give terminally ill patients the right to die on their own terms. When he couldn't fight anymore, that's exactly what he did. The Portland physician died Sunday in his home after using lethal chemicals obtained under an Oregon law he championed. He was 83 (3/13).

NPR: Assisted Suicide Advocate Uses Law To End His Life 
Oregon's Death with Dignity Act was the first like it in the nation. Peter Goodwin considered it his life's work. Earlier this month, Goodwin said his decision to use the law himself was the most difficult of all. "I'm going to be saying goodbye to a lot of people, a lot of people whom I love," he said. ... Goodwin said having control over his own death allowed him to face it without fear (Sabatier, 3/12).

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