Lawmakers weigh safeguards set to sunset in assisted suicide law

Protections included in Vermont’s physician-assisted suicide law will sunset in 2016 without legislative action. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee took testimony Thursday to assess how the law is working, and whether the safeguards should be continued. Harry Chen, commissioner of Department of Health, said Vermont doctors have written six prescriptions for life-ending medication since […]

Opponents call for repeal of assisted suicide

Opponents of Vermont’s physician-assisted suicide law are calling on legislators and the governor to place a moratorium on the prescription of life-ending drugs. Edward Mahoney, president of the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Health Care, said at a news conference Thursday that the law is poorly crafted and its supporters have not fully considered the ramifications […]