The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would allow patients
to get medication to end their lives. The so-called "death with dignity" bill has been controversial in the Statehouse, and its prospects
for passage remain uncertain.
A bill that would allow terminally ill patients to get medication to end their
own lives faces an uncertain prospect in the Vermont Senate. Two key Democrats are opposed to the measure, and
they say lawmakers have more important priorities.
House Speaker Richard Mallary was well known as a politician who stuck to his
convictions. Mallary was a strong supporter of "death with dignity"
legislation. In the past year, he also suffered from incurable cancer. Mallary’s
family says he followed his convictions on this issue when he took his own life
Vermont is once again facing a debate over whether terminally
ill patients should have the right to end their own lives with help from a
doctor. Supporters of legislation being considered in the House call it "Death with
Dignity", while opponents call it "physician-assisted
Supporters call it "Death With Dignity" and opponents call it
"Physician-Assisted Suicide." For both sides, the debate over whether
physicians should be able to help people die is emotional and
Legislation has been introduced at the Statehouse that will allow doctors to
prescribe life ending medications to terminally ill patients. Supporters refer to it as "the
Death with Dignity" bill, while opponents call it "physician assisted suicide."
Supporters of legislation allowing terminally
ill patients to end their own lives plan to gather at the Vermont Statehouse to
unveil legislation that would make Vermont the third state to allow the practice.