Doctors’ Role In Decisions On Dying

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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 contentious. And new legislation introduced last month in the Vermont House is bringing the issue back to the forefront. We delve into this debate with people on opposing sides. Dr. Diana Barnard is a physician who for the past year and a half been has been practicing strictly home-based palliative care. She is also on the board of Patient Choices Vermont, which is in support of the legislation. And Ed Paquin is the President of the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights, which is opposed to the legislation.

We also want to hear from you. Do you believe that terminally ill people should have the right to chose to end their lives with the help of a physician? Post your questions and comments below.

Also in the program, Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter explains what effect the rainy-soaked weekend and record-breaking snowstorm had on transportation around the region.

And music contributor Matt Bushlow profiles Putney musician Kurt Weisman. Weisman’s 2010 album reflected his quiet, off-the-grid lifestyle, but his new project pursues a new direction.

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