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 elsewhere needed, unfortunately. Patients have … [Read more...] about A Court Victory for Opponents of Assisted Suicide? For Patients, Not So Much
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 … [Read more...] about Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare Calls For Repeal of Act 39
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. This testimony and … [Read more...] about Testimony Began Today in Vermont House Human Services Committee: Is Act 39 Working?
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 demands on public … [Read more...] about Vermont’s New Eugenics Movement
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 and powerful speech on the Senate floor. The Repeal … [Read more...] about Roll call of Senate Vote