Movie Review-How to die in Oregon

Plot-In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. With Switzerland and the Netherlands being the only other two places in this planet also that practiced this. 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. A procedure they call Death with Dignity. This documentary takes you inside of the lives of those who were for this procedure and against it.

Review-The first ten minutes of this documentary hit home very hard. It starts off with, Roger Sagner who is patient 343, with his family around him drinks the fatal dose. The whole time he is sitting there about to drink it, you can tell he is just wanting to die so bad. It is the most depressing and thought provoking ten minutes, I have ever witnessed in my life. Having been around when my dad was in his last days, it just hit home to watch someone suffer so bad, that they just give up life. This documentary touches on a lot of topics, from Sue Porter who goes to the patients homes and makes sure they want to be given this procedure. It also explores the life of a widow named Nancy, who for her late husband, (who suffered when he wanted a physican in Washington to end his suffering), decided to try to get Washington pass a bill on the I 1000 which will legalize this practice. This film shows a very even hand when debating both sides of this topic. This is such a must see film. This film will get your heart in the first few minutes, and keep it till the last shot of the film. While people will think this is some kind of suicide, when you hear the debate, you realize this is more of a death with the person being able to say goodbye to their loved ones, or at least going out in their terms, when the pain was too great. A lot of people will compare this topic to pro choice. See, while I agree, the woman should always have the right to choose. The baby is the one dying and has no voice. At least with this film, the patients have a voice and they decide their own fate.

As with most debates, at times the topic is turned into a war over religion and government. A topic that is touched on during the film, when a chemo patient gets a letter from his insurance company that states, they will not cover any treatments to cure his cancer, but will pay for his death with dignity. Which we find out in mere seconds, that the patient could not be cured with the treatments and died. All in all, this is a very powerful little film that will stir up a lot of emotion and debate well after its credits go.

8 out of 10