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Almost Information-Free But Quite Revealing First Report on VT Assisted Suicide

On January 15, 2018, the Vermont Department of Health presented its first report to the legislature and public on the implementation of the state’s physician assisted suicide law.  The legislature had passed the law, Act 39, in 2013 and replaced it in 2015 with Act 27, which maintains Act 39 under “Oregon-style” regulations, including a […]

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Vermont Neglect Case Points to Danger of Legal Assisted Suicide

This horrific story of neglect and exploitation is, unfortunately, not an unusual one.  A caregiver, after neglecting his charge, filed a Medicaid claim after his death. This caregiver was caught because he was not careful to cover up his neglect, but it would not have been hard for him to clean up and escape punishment. […]

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NY High Court Rejects Doublespeak, Finds No Right to Assisted Suicide

The article linked below was first published in The National Review, then on the blog of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/451145/ny-high-court-rejects-assisted-suicide-right Wesley Smith points out that, while the NY Court of Appeals’ unanimous rejection of a constitutional right to so-called “Aid in Dying” was not unusual, the ruling made two important points. One explicitly rejected […]

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A Vermont Doctor’s Letter to the American Medical Association

For more than a year, rumors have circulated that the American Medical Association is about to change its long-held position of opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide.  Whether or not that is true, only time will tell. A Vermont physician wrote the following eloquent letter to the AMA, expressing her vehement opposition to any […]

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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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Outgoing VT Governor Peter Shumlin’s Father’s Death Was an Assisted Suicide

Peter Shumlin, the outgoing governor of Vermont, fought hard to legalize assisted suicide in the state; so it was no surprise when he listed it among other “accomplishments” in his farewell speech this week.  A big surprise, however, came when the governor revealed that his own father died from assisted suicide.  See  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRBvYw3n_GA, beginning at minute […]

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ACTION ALERT:Tell DC City Council Members to Vote NO on Assisted Suicide 11/15/16

The DC City Council is holding a second and final vote tomorrow on the assisted suicide bill that recently passed in its first vote.  Those opposing this dangerous law, which will surely result in premature deaths without consent and which will influence legislators in other states, are asking people from all over the country to […]

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