Family physician who supported assisted suicide dies with a doctor’s aid

Peter A. Goodwin, MD, a family physician who lobbied for passage of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, died March 11 after ingesting medication prescribed to him by a doctor under the law. He was 82.

Dr. Goodwin was diagnosed with the progressive neurogenerative disease corticobasal degeneration in 2006. He said in a recent online video that three physicians gave him a prognosis of less than six months.

“I’ve always accepted the idea that if push came to shove, and if I qualified for the [Death with Dignity Act], that I’d use the law,” Dr. Goodwin said in the video.

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