The first legislature in the country to pass an aid-in-dying law may revisit the issue, as a key backer says changes to take effect in mid-2016 would remove too many patient protections.
A Vermont law passed in 2013 largely copied a model passed by referendum in Oregon in the 1990s . On July 1, 2106 many of the patient protections in Vermont’s right-to-die law disappear.
That change was part of a compromise the Vermont Senate reached to round up votes from members who favored less government intervention in end-of-life decisions.
Senator Claire Ayer — the lead backer of the original, Oregon-style law — says she'll be pushing legislation this year to stop the changes scheduled for 2016 from taking place.
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