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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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     Boldly displayed on a dry-erase board in Room 46 at the Vermont Statehouse, the meeting room for the House Human Services Committee, is a short list of principles the Committee has established to guide them as they consider legislation that affects Vermonters. The very first goal listed is: “Ensuring that vulnerable (Vermonters) are safe […]

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Another Example of Vermont’s Doublespeak on Suicide

Once again the Vermont Legislature is exhibiting an alarming inconsistency on the topic of suicide. The March 19 Burlington Free Press carries an article about a House resolution discussed March 18 in the Vermont House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/18/vermont-military-suicide-resolution/24986339/ Proposed as a joint resolution for the House of Representatives and Senate, […]

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The Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard testimony on Wednesday on Act 39. The two questions being examined: “Is Act 39 working?” and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?” Testimony was heard from a dozen people, nearly all of whom acknowledged that there are problems with the law, including the lack […]

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Vermont’s Suicide Conflict of Interest

Two stories were in the Vermont news this week that highlight a very real conflict of interest over suicide in this State. Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with JoEllen Tarallo-Falk, Director of the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center (VTSPC), on suicide prevention: http://digital.vpr.net/post/more-funding-needed-suicide-prevention-advocates-say Meanwhile, several media outlets published stories glamorizing two recent Legislature-endorsed (per Act […]

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Are the American People Smart Enough to See Through Compassion and Choices “Framing” of the Brittany Maynard Case?

Below, we link to a good article on the Brittany Maynard case, written before she committed assisted suicide but just as relevant now, especially as we await the edited death video that will almost certainly be released by Compassion and Choices and People Magazine.  The article discusses how the Maynard case is a “textbook example” […]

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