Oregon Ballot Measure 51
was on the November 4, 1997 ballot
as a legislatively-referred state statute
placed on the ballot by the Oregon State Legislature
, where it was defeated.
Measure 51 was an unsuccessful attempt to repeal Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (1994), a measure authorizing assisted suicide. Its ballot title was "Repeals Law Allowing Terminally Ill Adults to Obtain Lethal Prescription."
| Oregon Measure 51|
|Yes|| 445,830|| 40.1%|
Ballot Measure 51's official ballot summary said:
- SUMMARY: Repeals Measure 16, adopted by voters in 1994. That law:
- Allows terminally ill adult Oregon residents voluntary informed choice to obtain physician's prescription for lethal drugs when physicians predict patient's death within 6 months;
- Requires 15-day waiting period; 2 oral, 1 written request; second physician's opinion; counseling for patients with impaired judgment from depression;
- Gives health care providers immunity from civil, criminal liability for good faith compliance.
- Permits person choice whether to notify next of kin.
- Allows health care providers to refuse to participate.
Measure 51's official estimated fiscal impact was, "No financial effect on state or local government expenditures or revenues."