The voters of Oregon placed an initiative on the ballot known as "Death with Dignity" which passed and was immediately challenged in the courts. As more and more terminally ill patients suffered along with their families a movement was formed that would change the law and allow terminally ill patients the choice of dignity in their death. Many of our states physicians were caught in the middle between their patient’s wishes and what the law said on this matter. Corvallis Dr. James Gallant was one of the physicians that fell victim to this huge public debate. He was subsequently charged by Benton county district attorney Peter Sandrock with Homicide for carrying out his patient and families wishes.
NOTE: This led to an organization of friends and patients called the "Dr. Gallant Defense Committee" that gathered over 1300 signatures and raised in excess of $40,000 to help offset the legal fees for his defense