Physician Prescribed Death bill launched in House

by Rob Roper

A bill (H.274) would make it legal for doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to their patients for the purpose of ending life was introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives. It has forty-five sponsors. They are:

Representatives Sweaney (D-Windsor), Haas (P-Rochester), Aswad (D-Burlington), Bartholomew (D-Hartland), Bohi (D- Hartford), Cheney (D-Norwich), Christie (D-Hartford), Clarkson (D-Woodstock), Davis (D-Washington), Deen (D-Westminster), Edwards (P-Brattleboro), Fisher (D-Lincoln), Frank (D- Underhill,) French (D-Randolph), Grad (D- Moretown), Head (D-South Burlington), Heath (D-Westford), Hooper (D-Montpelier), Johnson (D- South Hero), Kitzmiller D-Montpelier), Krebs (D-South Hero), Larson (D-Burlington), Lenes (D- Shelburne), Lorber (D-Burlington), Manwaring (D-Wilmington), Marek (D-Newfane), McCullough (D-Williston), Mitchell (D-Barnard), Mook (D-Bennington), Mrowicki (D-Putney), Nuovo (D-Middlebury), Partridge (D- Windham), Pearson (P-Burlington), Peltz (D-Woodbury), Ram (D-Burlington), Shand (P- Weathersfield, Sharpe (D-Bristol), Spengler (D-Colchester), Stevens (D-Waterbury), Townsend (D-Randolph), Waite-Simpson (D-Essex), Webb (D-Shelburne), Weston (D-Burlington) and Wizowaty of Burlington.

Governor Shumlin said in his press conference that if it reaches his desk he is likely to sign it.

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