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.
Supporters of what they call the "death with dignity" bill say they’re encouraged because Governor Peter Shumlin has been a supporter of such legislation. It’s fate in the Legislature is less than clear, however.
Opponents include religious groups and advocates for the disabled. They are also well organized and have been running television commercials against allowing what they call assisted suicide.
Supporters have planned a news conference for this morning at the Statehouse.