Vermont

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

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Patient autonomy is fast becoming a one-way street. Choose to die by refusing life-sustaining treatment–sacrosanct! Want to live with life-sustaining treatment? Not your call. I recently helped successfully fight an attempt in Texas (SB 303) to legalize no consent DNRs. But they have been passed in VT and MD. From Thaddeus Pope’s Medical Futility blog: […]

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Vermont’s Coming “No Rules” Assisted Suicide

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Vermont seems poised to enact assisted suicide into state law. For the first three years, it will be a law with even fewer “protective guidelines” than the ephemeral Oregon rules. Then, the guidelines sunset and doctors would seem to be able do pretty much as they please. From the Burlington Free Press story: The alternative […]

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Assisted Suicide is Suicide

Suicide is suicide. One would think that truth, at least, would not be a matter of controversy. But from its inception, the euthanasia movement has sought to advance the cause by redefining terms and blurring crucial ethical and moral distinctions. At least one editorial writer in Vermont — the locale of a concerted legalization movement […]

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Assisted Suicide Proposal: “Death Panels on Steroids”

I often say that if you want to see where and how society will next go wrong, just look at the articles on ethics and culture currently being published in the world’s top medical and bioethics journals. Latest case in point, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine urging that doctors be taken […]

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Ding Dong, VT Assisted Suicide Bill Dead

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I predicted the outcome in my annual predictions: VT has killed the assisted suicide bill. From the Burlington Free Press story: For nearly two hours Thursday afternoon, the Vermont Senate focused on legislation that would allow people with fewer than six months to live to […]

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Vermont Doesn’t Pass Assisted Suicide, Creates Publicly Funded Universal Health Care System

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Vermont is San Francisco as a state, and thus it always bears watching when its part time legislature is in session. First, as I predicted, Vermont did not legalize assisted suicide. That’s good. Second, it did establish a publicly funded health system. From the Boston […]

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Vermont Assisted Suicide Bill the Usual Loophole Scam

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC American assisted suicide activists pretend that legalization is to be strictly controlled. But the legislation they propose — and the laws they pass — contain loopholes big enough for a hearse to drive through. Latest example, the upcoming bill in Vermont to legalize physician-prescribed death. […]

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