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! The Pro-Suicide groups have already started their calls, and we need to make calls to show that … [Read more...] about Urgent! Call your Senators today!
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 and “Should the sunset provisions in Act 39 be repealed?”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 of documentation required, and the scarcity of … [Read more...] about Our Tax Dollars at Work: Prettifying Suicide and Ignoring the Vulnerable
The following resolution praising the state's suicide prevention workers was presented today in the VT House: http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/RESOLUTN/HCR039/HCR039%20As%20Introduced.pdf. Among the choice quotes: "...suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals and families of all ages, socio--economic strata, ethnicities, and … [Read more...] about A Deep and Tragic Irony: In VT Lawmakers Praise Suicide Prevention Efforts While Legally Enabling Suicide
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 … [Read more...] about Vermont’s Suicide Conflict of Interest
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 … [Read more...] about Why Some People’s “Peace of Mind” Does Not Justify Legal Assisted Suicide