How many times does the Vermont legislature need to defeat a bill or determine that the "supposed safeguards" are not sufficient to protect Vermont citizens?
Media reports have confirmed that:
"In the upcoming legislative session a bill will again be introduced that will make Vermont the first state to legislatively (as opposed to citizen-driven) enact a Death with Dignity (DWD) law. Once again Vermont has a chance to lead the way in progressive policies and laws"It is significant that there has never been a state that legalizes assisted suicide through a State legislature. Further to that, the previous bills in Vermont were "Oregon style assisted suicide" acts that were defeated or put aside because the lacked support.
It should concern Vermont citizens that the State Health Care Reform has connected the legalization of assisted suicide with cost savings in health care.
The editor of the Addison Independent said Kimbell, the man who will administer the implementation of the health care reform, told him that legalizing assisted suicide would be helpful in cutting health care costs in Vermont.
Lets be clear. Governor Peter Shumlin received campaign contributions from the suicide lobby, from out-of-state because he promised to legalize assisted suicide in Vermont. Shumlin did not have the political support to legalize assisted suicide in his first year.
The Vermont legislature needs to tell Shumlin that they will not save health care dollars on the backs of vulnerable citizens by legalizing assisted suicide.