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Vermont Senate Committee Hearing Scheduled
Posted by Melissa Barber on March 12, 2012
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!
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