Has anyone heard of this law? What is your opinion on it? BRIEF HISTORY of the LAW The Death with Dignity Act was originally passed in 1994 through the Oregon initiative process. The law was immediately challenged in court and prevented from going into effect. As the court cases proceeded, the Oregon Legislature decided the public did not know what it was doing when it voted and decided to put the issue back on the ballot in 1997. The Death with Dignity Center won every court challenge and on October 27, 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a hearing to opponents of the law, allowing the law to go into effect just one week before the 1997 election. In November 1997, the voters of Oregon overwhelmingly voted to support the law, by a 60%-40% margin. Support for the law has continued to increase since its implementation in 1997. The law has been threatened by opponents at the federal level but the Death with Dignity National Center continues to work to defend and promote the law and encourage improvements to end-of-life care for all dying individuals.