Ask your legislators at your town meeting to support the Moratorium on Assisted Suicide. VAEH has been quite vocal in this “Legislative Malpractice” and has called for repeal since it was enacted law.
Join the fight to protect the lives of the elderly, disabled, sick and weakest amongst us by:
- Calling your State Senators and Representatives at home this week. Ask them to support the Moratorium on Assisted Suicide.
- Email them if you can’t get ahold of them by phone. And ask them to support the Moratorium on Assisted Suicide.
- GO TO TOWN MEETING DAY! And ask them to support the Moratorium on Assisted Suicide! Bring this flyer with you for a quick reference!
- Download the flyer (the text of the flier is also below)
- True Dignity Vermont is a great resource for facts, news and keeping you updated on events.
- You can also visit our resources section on Doctor Prescribed Death: http://www.vrlc.net/resources/doctor-prescribed-death/
Assisted suicide flyer text:
ACT 39- ASSISTED SUICIDE:
• Does NOT provide immunity for nurses, pharmacists and others involved.
• Does NOT provide immunity for health care facilities.
• Does NOT require a patient to have “capacity.”
• Does NOT require that a patient be “capable” at the time of ingestion.
• Does NOT require a patient to self-administer the lethal dose.
• Does NOT require State oversight.
• Does NOT require collection of data.
• Does NOT track lethal prescriptions.
• Does NOT require annual reports.
• Does NOT have adequate rules for safe disposal of lethal drugs.
• Does NOT have provisions to investigate allegations of abuse.
• Does NOT require a disinterested witness be present at time of ingestion to verify that the patient is not under duress.
• Does NOT require a physician or health care professional to be present.
• Does NOT require that family be notified.
• Does NOT protect physicians from a duty to inform terminally-ill patients of the lethal dose option even if it is premature, does not fit the standard of care, is clinically inappropriate, or violates a physician’s ethics.
• Does NOT require that a patient be a Vermont resident.
• Does NOT allow the physician prescribing the lethal drug to contact the patient’s primary physician unless the patient gives consent.
• Does NOT bar a guardian or agent from making the request for the lethal drugs.