Montpelier Man Has Unique View On End-Of-Life Debate

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As Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, a Montpelier man with unique perspective on the subject is rooting for its passage without getting involved.

Terrence Youk is the brother of a Michigan man whose 1998 death at the hands of Dr. Jack Kevorkian ultimately sent Kevorkian to prison.

Youk thinks Kevorkian was providing a service, not committing a crime. He is squarely in the corner of a "death with dignity" bill before the Legislature. He says people should have the option.

Opponents say the law could lead to government-ordered euthanasia and that physicians actively helping people kill themselves violate their Hippocratic oaths.


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