With tag: death_with_dignity
Full Senate To Take Up End-of-Life Debate
By Kirk Carapezza
The Vermont Senate Tuesday turns to end-of-life
choices. As state senators debate a bill that would give patients with
less than six months to live the choice to end their lives with
doctor-prescribed drugs, Vermont has emerged as a key
battleground in the national debate over the issue.
Hearings Begin On Assisted Death Bill
Witnesses ranging from former Gov. Madeleine
Kunin to Vermont's current health commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, are
scheduled to testify to a state Senate committee about legislation that would
allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.
Doctors' Role In Decisions On Dying
Supporters call it "Death With Dignity" and opponents call it
"Physician-Assisted Suicide." For both sides, the debate over whether
physicians should be able to help people die is emotional and
Supporters want new Legislature to pass assisted suicide law
A group advocating for a so-called death with dignity law is welcoming a report to the Vermont Legislature. The Vermont Legislative Council's report is based on the experience of Oregon and the Netherlands, which have differing laws that allow versions of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Closed discussion begins on physician-assisted suicide
By Steve Zind
The Vermont Medical Society is beginning a series of forums this week to give doctors a chance to discuss physician assisted suicide. This fall, the society will consider changes to its current policy on assisted suicide legislation. Lawmakers plan to consider a Death with Dignity bill when they convene in January.
Physicians poll shows conflict on assisted suicide
By John Dillon
The Vermont Medical Society released a vote on Wednesday indicating that most of the state's medical doctors oppose new laws for or against physician-assisted suicide. Still, advocates of assisted suicide had success with a separate resolution that calls for neutrality and allows doctors to lobby for legislation.
Death With Dignity
By Steve Zind
The debate over Physician Assisted Suicide, or Death with Dignity. Once
again the legislature is considering a bill to legalize doctors helping
patients to die. Steve Zind talks with two doctors—Dr. John Fogarty and
Dr. Diana Barnard—who have differing views on the idea.