Vermmont Senate Votes to Move Physician Assisted Suicide Forward

Today that Vermont Senate voted to move the physician assisted suicide bill forward, but the figth is not over yet.  Here is a report from Craig Benson with Take it to the People:

Today the full Senate debated S.77 (the “Kill Bill”, “Physician Assisted Suicide”, “Death With Dignity”), the bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Vermont.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had voted by to reject the bill 3-1-1 (3 opposed, 1 in favor and 1 absent). This meant that S.77 came to the floor with an adverse recommendation from Senate Judiciary. Because of this the vote taken today was on the question, “Shall the Senate accept the Judiciary Committee’s rejection of the bill?” A “yes” was thus a vote to kill the bill.

Following 6 hours of floor debate, the Senate voted 13-17 to reject the rejection and move S.77 on to a third reading — scheduled for Thursday the 14th at 1:00 PM. So we will be coming to the State House on Thursday again. Be sure to get a sticker that indicates your opposition. Good turnout encourages our side to speak out with courage!

Today’s vote is discouraging but not the final word as just two switched votes put the bill in a 15-15 tie with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott having the tie-breaking vote.

Two of the 17 “explained their votes”: 1) Hartwell of Bennington had spoken critically of S.77 but indicated he was voting for more debate at this point; 2) Galbraith of Windham is critical of the bill but wants to offer a amendment that will “fix the problem”. Tuesday: Kill Bill Advances to 3rd Reading

Today the full Senate debated S.77 (the “Kill Bill”, “Physician Assisted Suicide”, “Death With Dignity”), the bill that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in Vermont.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had voted by to reject the bill 3-1-1 (3 opposed, 1 in favor and 1 absent). This meant that S.77 came to the floor with an adverse recommendation from Senate Judiciary. Because of this the vote taken today was on the question, “Shall the Senate accept the Judiciary Committee’s rejection of the bill?” A “yes” was thus a vote to kill the bill.

Following 6 hours of floor debate, the Senate voted 13-17 to reject the rejection and move S.77 on to a third reading — scheduled for Thursday the 14th at 1:00 PM. So we will be coming to the State House on Thursday again. Be sure to get a sticker that indicates your opposition. Good turnout encourages our side to speak out with courage!

Today’s vote is discouraging but not the final word as just two switched votes put the bill in a 15-15 tie with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott having the tie-breaking vote.

Two of the 17 “explained their votes”: 1) Hartwell of Bennington had spoken critically of S.77 but indicated he was voting for more debate at this point; 2) Galbraith of Windham is critical of the bill but wants to offer a amendment that will “fix the problem”.

 

2 thoughts on “Vermmont Senate Votes to Move Physician Assisted Suicide Forward

  1. “Thou Shalt Not Kill” Do we not have enough Christian/Jewish legislators to remember this commandmant and STOP this insanity from happening? They are NOT God and neither are the doctors. The doctors are supposed to be doing everything in their power to SAVE lives, not destroy lives. Wake up Vermont!

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