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Satirical short film on assisted suicide hits home

“The Mother Situation” https://goo.gl/7TFAuW is a darkly satirical, award winning, 7-minute film which illustrates the potential for abuse when assisted suicide is made legal. There is no question it could happen here in Vermont, where there are no requirements for oversight when prescriptions for suicide drugs are requested and filled.  When a person dies after […]

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Pressure to Die: A Case Study of Abuse of Act 39

Eighteen months ago True Dignity ran the following story about an elderly Medicaid patient who felt pressured to request assisted suicide by caregivers in the facility where she was admitted for recovery from a fall.  The patient did not have a terminal diagnosis.  Beth Neill, the patient’s daughter, who reported the abuse to True Dignity, […]

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From the Netherlands to Vermont: Patients Under Pressure to Die

Around one in five patients who choose euthanasia in the Netherlands acts under pressure from family members, according to a leading expert on the ethics of assisted dying, as reported last week in Dutch News: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/07/pressure-on-patients-is-cause-for-concern-euthanasia-expert/ According to the report, Professor Theo Boer, who teaches ethics at Groningen’s Protestant Theological University and has for nine […]

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      The following is the written testimony submitted to the House Human Services Committee, and given in person by Lynne Cleveland Vitzthum of the Vermont Center for Independent Living.  Kudos to Vitzthum for staying on message through repeated attempts by Committee Chair Anne Pugh to insist that disabled people are not vulnerable under this law. […]

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Accepting Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Dangerously Creates a “Special Class” of Homicide, Almost Never Investigated

Much has been written about how legal assisted suicide and euthanasia (two sides of the same coin under our current US laws) dangerously affect the doctor-patient relationship.  The article below, written for True Dignity by disability rights activist W. Carol Cleigh, explores the way legal assisted suicide dangerously affects law enforcement. Read this account of […]

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No Vermonter Should Be Left To Fall Through the Cracks in Act 39

In their work on S. 9, “An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect,” the Vermont Senate has been working hard to help develop safeguards to prevent the kinds of horrific tragedies that happened over the last year when young children fell through the cracks and died at the […]

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Why Some People’s “Peace of Mind” Does Not Justify Legal Assisted Suicide

Assisted suicide should never be legal because some families are like this one: http://medicalfutility.blogspot.com/2015/01/bad-healthcare-surrogates-kill-patient.html. Though this is not an assisted suicide case, but one of withdrawal of life support and possible killing under the guise of “comfort care”, we don’t have to imagine how a similar scenario would play out with assisted suicide. We have […]

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