Groundbreaking legislation legalizing physician-assisted
The bill, entitled, “The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act,” will automatically go into effect, once Vermont governor, Peter Shumlin, signs on the dotted line. His signature would officially make Vermont the first state to approve such a law through the legislative process. Oregon and Washington have had similar legislation for years; however, both of their laws were passed via public referendum.
Physician-assisted suicide (also dubbed, “death-with-dignity”) laws allow doctors to legally prescribe lethal prescription drugs to people with are near death. These rulings also provide protection for friends and family members who support a dying individual’s choice.
For more than a decade the Vermont’s version of a death-with-dignity law has been under construction; traveling back and forth between the state’s House and Senate several times and undergoing multiple revisions.
The final iteration of the bill closely mirrors the one passed in Oregon over 15 years ago. Here are a few of the key provisions in Vermont’s bill:
A person applying for a deadly dose of medication must:
Also included in the bill are specific protections for anyone who is present when a terminally ill individual consumes doctor-prescribed life-ending medicationRead more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/should-physician-assisted-suicide-be-legal.html#ixzz2TXbs88Un
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