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7:15 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

End of Life Choices Bill Signed by Vermont Governor

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs End of Life Choices Bill
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs End of Life Choices Bill
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont’s Governor signed a bill Monday that will allow Vermont physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients that request it.



Governor Shumlin signed the End of Life act into law, a bill that has been debated in one form or another for a decade. With the Governor’s signature, Vermont becomes the first state to legislatively approve allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medicine if a terminally ill patient wishes.  Governor Shumlin called the legislature’s passage of the measure historic.

The law was effective as soon as the Governor signed it.