Oregon Senate Chamber
(Courtesy Wikimedia)
Oregon Senate Chamber (Courtesy Wikimedia)

SALEM — After passing out of the Oregon Senate June 8, Senate Bill 494 failed to pass through the legislature’s House chamber. The bill, which would have modified the state’s advance directive, was said by opponents to strip away protections from being starved or dehydrated to the point of death for mentally incompetent but conscious Oregonians.

Although the bill passed out of the Senate, it did not come up for a vote in its assigned House Judiciary committee before the committee adjourned June 2. It therefore was never voted on by the House chamber.

“As pro-lifers, we celebrate the news of SB 494’s demise and also applaud the death of earlier dangerous bills that would have removed food and hydration from patients in foster care and nursing homes,” Gayle Atteberry, director of Oregon Right to Life, wrote in a letter to her supporters.