Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Assisted Suicide bill unlikely to pass in Vermont.

Last Friday I wrote a blog article titled: Vermont Assisted Suicide bill being pushed AGAIN.

Today I am reporting that it is unlikely that the assisted suicide bill will be debated in Vermont in 2012 because the majority of the Vermont Senators do not giving doctors the right to prescribe suicide.

An article from the True Dignity Vermont site states:

Despite the continuing campaign to make assisted suicide legal in Vermont, the Burlington Free Press reported yesterday that the Vermont legislature is unlikely even to consider the issue in its 2012 session. The reason: the votes are not there in the Senate to pass the bill introduced last February. If this bill dies, its passing will mark the ninth failed effort to pass assisted suicide legislation in Vermont. The people who want assisted suicide are nothing if not persistent. So far, they have not been able to wear us down. It is up to the people of Vermont to keep it that way.
Below in italics are the relevant paragraphs from the article, which can be read in its entirety.
Will the Vermont Legislature take up the issue next year? It doesn’t seem any more likely than this year, when the bill never surfaced because of a lack of support in the Senate. House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, on Monday reiterated, “We’re not going to move the bill of there’s not support in the House and Senate. It’s not clear that there’s support in the Senate.” 
Smith said he and Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, D-Windsor, have not had any new conversations about reviving the bill next year. 
Campbell indicated Monday nothing has changed from last session. He said though he personally opposes the legislation, he wouldn’t block it from coming up if others in the Senate wanted to. That’s not likely to happen.
True Dignity Vermont and its allies, have done an incredible job at informing Vermont politicians - Why assisted suicide should not be legalized.

1 comment:

StarrzStanley said...

It is so completely insulting to tell a competent adult he or she may not have control over his own life. I look at your picture online, and I can only smile a little. You are such a fine looking young man, but someday you might know. Imagine. You might know the humiliation of smelling bad because you have to wear a diaper when you can no longer hold your own urine and feces and make it to a rest room on time. You might know the stark boredom of eating blended (ie, baby) food every day because you can't chew or swallow anything else. And all the while waiting for the end that is coming but seems to take an eternity and living a life that is no longer enjoyable. You and others like you think you have all the answers for everyone else but you only know your own healthy happy complete world. People deserve their wishes to be respected and carried out all their lives, not just in health, but in sickness as well. What many people do not understand is that the issue is not pain. There is no way to fix with medication the problems that drive many of these patients to wish for the end. Every one of your arguments against other peoples rights to have personal dignity at the end is like a slap in their faces.