Death With Dignity

North Country News
7:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Vermont Assisted Death Bill Hits Bumps in Road

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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.

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North Country News
10:15 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Assisted Death Bill Clears Vermont Senate Panel

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A bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, dubbed "end-of-life choices" or “death with dignity” by supporters and "physician-assisted suicide" by opponents.

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WAMC News
12:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Public Weighs in On Death With Dignity Bill

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Vermont lawmakers are once again considering a measure that would allow an individual to request prescription medication to end their life if diagnosed with a terminal condition.

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North Country News
8:45 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Vermont Hearings Begin on Assisted Death Bill

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Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin told lawmakers she supports legislation that would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.

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North Country News
3:45 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Backers say Data Show Assisted Death Good Policy

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Backers of legislation that would allow Vermont doctors to help terminally ill patients end their own lives say experience in other states shows the policy to be a good one.

Oregon and Washington have laws on the books allowing what backers call death with dignity and opponents call physician-assisted suicide.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Poll Shows Voter Opinion of Massachusetts Ballot Questions

Recent polling reveals some new information on how Massachusetts voters feel about some of the ballot questions to be decided on election day. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that many are still divided on the issues…

A statewide survey recently conducted by the Polling institute at Western New England Voters reveals two things. One, a majority of voters appear to support legalizing medical marijuana, and Two, voters are at almost an even split over the so-called “Death with Dignity” question.

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Elections
5:49 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Massachusetts Secretary of State Announces Three Controversial Ballot Questions

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Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin recently announced three initiatives that would be included on the upcoming November ballot. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Galvin on Wednesday announced that voters will be the ones to decide on three controversial ballot questions this November.

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