Euthanasia bill to reach Governor Shumlin
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.
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.
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.