VT digger does a good job of balancing coverage between the proponents and opponents of this horrible law.
Opponents refocus their efforts
Scattered among the law’s jubilant supporters was a somewhat sparser crowd that’s also been omnipresent at the Statehouse during the debate over the bill. Opponents of the legislation, each identified by a round orange sticker, said they resented the event’s festive atmosphere given the risks that accompany the law.
Mary Hahn Beerworth, a member of Vermont Right to Life, said, “I think they have a nerve being here today, having a party and celebrating when they have just floated vulnerable Vermonters out there at serious risk at feeling pressured into asking and requesting for a lethal dose of medication and then being bullied into taking it.”
After today, supporters and opponents are both pivoting their attention away from the Legislature and toward providing the public with information.
True Dignity Vermont is taking a different tack. Carrie Handy, a board member for the anti-assisted suicide group, said they are refashioning the advocacy shop as a watchdog organization. They are launching a hotline for people to report abuse — opponents are concerned that vulnerable adults will be pressured to request a prescription — and they have plans to start a registry of “’safe’ doctors, nursing homes and other health care providers.”
“There are a couple of physicians who have come out strongly in favor of this legislation. Obviously they would not be on our registry. We hope to be able to get physicians on record saying they would not participate,” Handy said.