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Vermont Senate Committee Hearing Scheduled

Patient Choices Vermont

Some very exciting news from Vermont! Seven Days reports the State Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing for Senate Bill 103 this week.

Vermont's proposed legislation emulates the time-tested Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts. It has strong support with more than a third of lawmakers in both chambers signed on as sponsors and 64% of Vermont voters in favor of their lawmakers passing the legislation.

As Adam Necrason, a lobbyist representing Patient Choices at End of Life Vermont, noted in a press release:

The strong majority of Vermonters' view this as a personal liberty issue. We hope lawmakers will be swayed by the facts proven by the law's extensive track record in Oregon, not the fears portrayed by some opponents.

We see a path to passage. We think the vote is close and the facts matter, and in the end, it's about representing constituents.

I've heard from supporters on Twitter from Vermont asking how they can help their state become the third state with a Death with Dignity law. Like all efforts to pass Death with Dignity, Vermont's is local and grassroots. The majority of Vermonters want this additional end-of-life option, and they need to be the ones telling their lawmakers why they support their proposed legislation.

If you live in Vermont or know a supporter who does, check out Patient Choices Vermont's website to see how to get involved. And anyone can help support their efforts by donating directly to Patient Choices.

Update: Patient Choices Vermont is going to join us at our weekly #DWDchat on Twitter this Thursday at 6pm EST to discuss current activities in Vermont surrounding this week's hearing. Hope you'll join us!

Posted on March 12, 2012 in New England, Vermont


  • Posted by Barb Dryer on Wednesday, March 14 at 03:35 p.m.

    I totally agree with passing the law Death With Dignity. My husband suffered with esophageal cancer had surgery suffered for a year and passed away he wished every day that he would die making it so hard for me to watch him suffer day after day so if anyone knowing they have a short time to live why would anyone stop them from making the decision to end the painful life they are going through.He was in his right mind could make decisions and was way to young to die in the manor he did. This law needs to be passed so people do not have to suffer and family members don't have to watch them suffer. The pain I had in my heart was terrible after watching him die but watching him suffer was just as bad if not worse. I miss him so much but the suffering ended 9 yrs ago but i will never forget what we went through.

  • Posted by Melissa Barber on Friday, March 16 at 04:45 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your personal story, Barb. I'm so sorry your husband has to endure such a painful and protracted death. We'll keep working to help more states understand why this end-of-life option is necessary in every state.

    Melissa Barber
    Electronic Communications Specialist
    Death with Dignity National Center

  • Posted by DD Chamberlain on Thursday, April 12 at 10:06 a.m.

    After watching "How to Die in Oregon" I am VERY much in favor of this bill being passed in VT. Let me know if there is a petition to sign and I'll do it!

  • Posted by Joe Metro on Friday, April 13 at 08:59 a.m.

    Thank God this got taken out of the "tanning bed" bill. They were trying to sneak it thru. Shame on them, and shame on you who have no respect for life. we are truly becoming a throw away society, and will pay for it. Get back to your morals, and put God back in your lives.

  • Posted by Melissa Barber on Monday, April 23 at 01:47 p.m.

    Thank you, DD, for your support! If live in Vermont and you're interested in getting more involved with their efforts, please check out Patient Choices Vermont (

    Joe, thank you for expressing your thoughts. I'm, of course, sorry you don't agree with allowing people to make their own end-of-life decisions when facing a terminal illness, but I respect your right to disagree.

    Melissa Barber
    Electronic Communications Specialist
    Death with Dignity National Center

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