A group advocating for a so-called death with dignity law is welcoming a report to the Vermont Legislature. The Vermont Legislative Council’s report is based on the experience of Oregon and the Netherlands, which have differing laws that allow versions of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Legislative leaders say it’s unlikely that a bill to legalize assisted suicide will pass this year. The chairmen of both the House and Senate Health and Welfare Committees are leery of the legislation. But proponents say the issue deserves attention in the Statehouse.
The Vermont Medical Society met in a closed door session Tuesday night, to further discuss a vote among its members from a few weeks ago on the question of physician assisted suicide. Mitch Wertlieb talks with VMS President Dr. James O’Brien about the results of the meeting.
The Vermont Medical Society has taken up the controversial issue of physician assisted suicide, but a vote taken by its members on Wednesday produced two resolutions that appear to contradict each other. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Steve Larose, communications director for the Vermont Medical Society, about the results of the vote.