Vermont Legislature Approves Assisted-Suicide Bill

The bill would allow physicians to provide lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it. If the governor approves the measure, Vermont would become the fourth state in the nation with an aid-in-dying law.

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And some other news now: Vermont is set to join three other states that allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients. Last night, the state's House approved the bill. It now heads to Vermont's governor, who is a strong supporter. This makes Vermont the first state in the nation to pass a measure like this through legislation. Oregon and Washington approved their rules through public referendum, and a court order made physician-assisted suicide legal in Montana.

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