We want to thank all who stood strong and fought hard for Repeal of this disgraceful law. You have our admiration for standing up to protect patient’s rights to life and freedom from abuse, errors and outright coercion.
The Amendment to Repeal Act 39 entirely was sponsored by Senator Norm McAllister, who made an emotional and powerful speech on the Senate floor. The Repeal movement wants to especially thank Senator McAllister, Senator Peg Flory and Senator Dick Sears for their efforts to overturn the law and protect patients.
The vote to repeal failed 12-18, with 3 who deserted their previous votes against Assisted Suicide, swapped sides and voted FOR Assisted Suicide:
- Senator Ann Cummings, Washington County,
- Senator Bill Doyle, Washington County
- Senator Nitka, Windsor County.
Those Senators who voted in the affirmative [for repeal] were:
Benning, Campbell, Collamore, Degree, Flory, Kitchel, Mazza, McAllister, Mullin, Sears, Starr, Westman.
Those Senators who voted in the negative [against repeal] were:
Ashe, Ayer, Balint, Baruth, Bray, Campion, Cummings, Doyle, Lyons, MacDonald, McCormack, Nitka, Pollina, Rodgers, Sirotkin, Snelling, White, Zuckerman
The debate on the Assisted Suicide law now goes to the House of Representatives.
Please call your senators, and thank those who voted for Repeal of Assisted suicide in Vermont. And don’t forget to include Senators McAllister, Sears and Flory amongst your thank yous.
We will keep you updated on the bill.