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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
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.