Ore. physician behind Death With Dignity dies



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Peter Goodwin, a Portland physician who campaigned for Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, has died using lethal chemicals he obtained under the aw he championed. He was 83.

A spokesman for the organization Compassion and Choices says Goodwin died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family. Goodwin told the Oregonian last month (http://bit.ly/Axamvh ) he’s battled a rare brain disorder for six years.

Oregon was the first state to allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives with the help of lethal medications supplied by a doctor. The act was the result of a long campaign by Goodwin, and he’s called it his greatest legacy.