Peter Goodwin, the first doctor in Oregon to campaign publicly for the terminally ill to obtain medical help in ending their lives, died shortly after exercising the right he fought to secure.
Goodwin, 83, took a planned overdose of a prescribed drug on March 11. He was diagnosed six years ago with a rare neurological disorder with no treatment or cure.
Friends praised Goodwin as a brave public figure who took up a cause that in the early 1980s drew fierce criticism from doctors, clergy and politicians.
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