Sale Of Suicide Kits Outlawed In Oregon [VIDEO]

In Oregon the House of Representatives has voted and passed a bill to outlaw the sales of a do-it-yourself suicide kit, which contains an asphyxiation hood. This type of suicide kit was used last year by an Oregon man to kill himself. Oregon does have a state law that has been in effect since 1997 that made physician assisted suicide legal for individuals that are terminally ill in Oregon and by passing this bill it no way affects this state law. The only other state with a statue on the books is Washington.
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These asphyxiation hoods/do-it-yourself suicide kits are sold by an elderly ninety one year old California woman through a mail order business. What started trying to get this bill passed was a young twenty nine year old Oregon man who was a customer of hers bought one of her kits and committed suicide in December.

The person who is selling these kits for sixty dollars is a plastic hood that closes around the neck and tubing. The person who is committing suicide must supply the tank of inert gas, such as helium, in which to connect the tubing to. She says she is selling the product to help these people who have incurable illnesses die with dignity in their own homes but critics are saying that some of her customers may be not be terminally ill but emotionally ill because she sells these kits indiscriminately.

This bill now has to go to the state Senate and if they pass it, selling do-it-yourself suicide kits would be a felony and can give the person up to ten years in prison.

Seems to me this person is doing nothing wrong by selling these kits, and if she can make a living selling them, the government shouldn’t step in and wipe out her livelihood.  If someone wants to kill themselves, their going to find a way.  It’s not like this woman was forcing anyone to buy the kits?  What do you think?

Here’s some more on the Suicide kits ban:

Suicide kits rekindle debate on assisted suicide –

May 26, 2011  An Oregon bill that would outlaw suicide kits has helped rekindle a debate over the ethical and legal implications of what it means to 


The 91-Year-Old Woman Selling $60 Suicide Kits – Yahoo! News

Apr 27, 2011  A shadowy online company selling suicide kits recently claimed its first confirmed victim. Winston Ross talks exclusively with the 


Oregon House votes to outlaw ‘suicide kits’ – Yahoo! News

Jun 13, 2011  The Oregon House voted Monday to make it illegal to 


Suicide kit seller asks: ‘Do I look like a criminal …

May 26, 2011  Federal law enforcement officers Wednesday served a search warrant at the El Cajon home of a 91-year-old woman who sells kits that help 


SUICIDE KITS SELL DEATH BY MAIL | Legislation is being prepared to …

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