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Wed February 13, 2013

Vermont Assisted Death Bill Hits Bumps in Road

Vermont Statehouse
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A bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients could be heading for trouble as the Vermont Senate prepares to debate it.

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a Judiciary Committee recommendation that the bill be defeated. But as the bill came up for preliminary passage Wednesday, there were efforts to introduce big changes or delay action.

Senators Peter Galbraith and Robert Hartwell — two key votes who've been undecided on the measure — introduced an amendment that would replace the entire "end-of-life" choices bill with a measure granting immunity to physicians and caregivers when a terminally ill patient uses prescribed medication to end her or his life.

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