Of the 341 people who have ended their lives under the Oregon law, 97 percent are white, 77 percent are between the ages of 55 and 84, more than 63 percent have at least some college education, and 63 percent have private insurance, not Medicaid or Medicare.
Most of the people 82 percent were suffering from cancer.
There are many aspects of I-1000 left to be explored, perhaps most importantly its moral and emotional implications. And theres the funding of the campaigns. But starting with a look at how it has played out in a sister state, we get a different picture than you would reading the Coalition Against Assisted Suicides Website.
The Michigan Law Review, however, recently published a study critical of the way Oregon tracks the use of its law. Worth noting that the authors, both medical professionals, also literally wrote the book against assisted suicide in 2002.