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A Court Victory for Opponents of Assisted Suicide? For Patients, Not So Much

On May 23, 2017, a US Appellate Court upheld a Consent Agreement between the state and medical professionals to protect conscience rights of professionals who oppose assisted suicide. This is a real victory and perhaps the best that could have been achieved. True Dignity cannot say that it was the victory patients in Vermont and […]

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Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare Calls For Repeal of Act 39

With debate on S.108, the fake fix for Vermont’s assisted suicide law, Act 39, about to begin, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Health Care has issued the following press release.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 29, 2015 from: Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare (VAEH) – Advocacy Director Guy Page, 802-505-0448, [email protected]   The Vermont […]

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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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Many Vermonters would be stunned to learn that some eighty years ago, our legislature passed a law enabling the sterilization of Vermonters who had been determined to be “undesirables,” people from targeted groups that included Abenakis and French Canadian immigrants. The 1931 sterilization law was designed to reduce the number of people seen as placing […]

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Roll call of Senate Vote

We want to thank all who stood strong and fought hard for Repeal of this disgraceful law. You have our admiration for standing up to protect patient’s rights to life and freedom from abuse, errors and outright coercion. The Amendment to Repeal Act 39 entirely was sponsored by Senator Norm McAllister, who made an emotional […]

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Urgent! Call your Senators today!

We need you to take URGENT action! Act 39 is expected to get a vote on the Senate floor at 1 pm Thursday (2/26). And the vote will be very close! We need you to call your Senators at the Statehouse today (Wednesday, 2/25) or early morning Thursday. So there is no time to wait! […]

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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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