Oregon lawmakers outlaw suicide kits


The Oregon Legislature approved a bill outlawing sales of suicide kits, such as one a Eugene man used to kill himself last year.

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The Oregon Legislature approved a bill outlawing sales of suicide kits, such as one a Eugene man used to kill himself last year.

The bill now goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency room physician.

Sponsors say the bill would not limit a landmark 1997 state law legalizing physician-assisted suicides for terminally ill individuals in Oregon. Washington is the only other state with such a statute on the books.

The newly passed bill was sparked by notoriety surrounding an elderly California woman who sells self-asphyxiation kits through a mail-order business. One of her customers, 29-year-old Nicholas Klonoski, committed suicide in December.

Read more at Reuters.

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