Right-To-Die Bill Clears VT Legislature

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A bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of medication from a physician died in committee in Connecticut this year.

But similar legislation was approved Monday by the Vermont House of Representatives. The measure, which last week cleared the Senate in that state, now goes to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who supports the measure and is expected to sign it into law, according to an article in the Burlington Free Press.

Vermont is the first state to enact a right-to-die law legislatively; Washington and Oregon both have similar laws but they were passed through a referendum vote.

In Connecticut, the legislature\’s public health committee held an emotional hearing on House Bill 6645, which would have permitted doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients with less than six months to live. But the measure failed to come up for a vote in the committee and is considered unlikely to be raised this legislative session; however supporters say they will try again in 2014.


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5 thoughts on “Right-To-Die Bill Clears VT Legislature

  1. enness

    I feel very sorry for all of Vermont, but most especially the despairing and the vulnerable.

    1. Kim

      so you don’t feel sorry for the suffering of the terminally ill – you feel sorry that they can now choose freely to end that suffering?

        1. Kim

          nothing was twisted – I took your words at face value. By your response I have to assume my interpretation of your words is accurate

  2. A great day

    I agree with Obamacare once over a certain age society should keep you comfortable not waste treatment money to delay death. Rep. Cummings is right death is part of life. You should have right to die with dignity. Only extreme religious groups oppose this common sense law like homophobic Catholics.

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