Assisted Suicide Dies in Vermont Senate

By Wesley J. Smith I predicted this in my annual prognistication: Unless something drastic happens, Vermont’s assisted suicide bill has been killed in committee.  Good riddance, says I. Interestingly, the Lieutenant Governor, who would break a tie vote in the Vermont Senate, pushed legalizing doctor-prescribed death when in that legislative body, has since changed his …

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Why Vermont Matters: “Patient Choices Vermont” and Doctor Prescribed Death

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics While physician assisted suicide remains illegal across nearly every jurisdiction in the United States, those who tirelessly promote doctor prescribed death are on a all-out blitz in New England.   There is a current effort under way in Massachusetts to obtain 70,000 signatures of registered voters …

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Assisted Suicide Advocates Pushing Hard To Legalize and Expand Doctor Prescribed Death

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Legislative Counsel, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics While the country and the 50 states are largely focused on the economy, jobs, and budgets, assisted suicide advocates, namely Compassion and Choices, have been hard at work seeking to legalize or expand physician-assisted suicide.  Assisted suicide is currently legal in two states– …

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Social Justice, Doctor Assisted Suicide Don’t Mix

Editor’s note. The following appears today on the blog of “True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide” at http://truedignityvt.org/?p=273. It is an op-ed that appeared in today’s issue of the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press. My Turn: Social justice, doctor assisted suicide don’t mix By Pete Gummere I recently came across a copy of a …

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How Can a State with a Particularly Poor Record of Investigating Adult Abuse Complaints Even Consider Legalizing Assisted Suicide?

Editor’s note. This appears on the blog of “True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide,” at http://truedignityvt.org/?p=268 According to an article posted at http://vtdigger.org/2011/08/07/abused-vulnerable-adults, ”The state is struggling to investigate complaints of elder abuse. A backlog of 261 cases remains open.” Some of these cases, according to the article, are more than six months …

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Don’t Believe It! Did the Vermont Commissioner of Health Care Administration Really Say Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Help Cut Costs under Vermont’s Single Payer Health Plan?

Editor’s note. The following appears on the website of True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide. Can Stephen Kimbell, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, have really told the Addison Independent that, ‘‘Passing a law that allows physicians to help end a patient’s life under very controlled …

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‘Safeguards’ will not make assisted suicide acceptable

Editor’s note. This appears at “True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide,” at http://truedignityvt.org/?p=220 Assisted suicide is illegal in the United Kingdom. Parliament has rejected six attempts to make it legal, the last in January 2010, when the vote was 85-16. Despite six failures, the proponents of legalization do not give up and have …

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How We Will Fight Not to Die in Vermont

Editor’s note. This appeared yesterday on the blog of True Dignity: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide. We are about to be subjected to multiple HBO screenings of a film called “How to Die in Oregon” that won the prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film festival this year in spite (or perhaps because?) of …

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Really, Really Celebrating Now (Hurray!) but Still Vigilant

Editor’s note. The following comes from True Dignity Vermont: Vermont Citizens Against Assisted Suicide The 2011 Vermont legislature is history. Assisted suicide did not become law in Vermont. Neither of the identical House and Senate bills got so much as a hearing. Governor Shumlin had raised the expectations of proponents to the level of hubris …

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Discarding the Euphemisms that Surround Assisted Suicide

By Dave Andrusko There are so many important stories that inevitably I get behind in bringing you news of a relevant development. We’ve written a great many stories on assisted suicide, both in the United States and around the world. I had meant to talk about a “My Turn” piece that appeared last week in …

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