Euthanasia bill to reach Governor Shumlin

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May 14, 2013

Vermont

By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER, Vermont: The Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill with a 75-65 vote which would make Vermont the first state to legalize physician-aided suicide by legislation. The bill now goes to Governor Peter Shumlin who is expected to sign it into law.[1]

The law will take effect immediately if Shumlin signs it. It will allow terminally ill citizens to seek a lethal does of medication to end their lives.[1]

Vermont will be the third state to allow doctors to prescribe a lethal does of medication to the terminally ill. The first two were Oregon and Washington, but both states passed laws via public referendum rather than legislation.[1]

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