Death with Dignity
Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of states considering death with dignity laws. Sometimes called “right to die” initiatives, these laws make it possible for terminally ill patients to use prescribed medication to end their lives peacefully rather than suffering a painful and protracted death.
In 2013, Vermont passed the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, a law that is very similar to Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act (DWDA). With its passage, Vermont became the third state (after Oregon and Washington) to enact a death with dignity law, and the first state to pass the law through legislation rather than by a voter-approved ballot initiative. The Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act went into effect immediately after receiving the governor’s signature on May 20, 2013.
Death With Dignity Requirements in Vermont
To request a prescription for life-ending medication in Vermont, the patient must be:
To read the law, see 18 Vermont Statutes Annotated § § 5281 and following.
For more details about Vermont’s Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, see the extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions and other Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act Resources on the website of the Vermont Department of Health.
To find out more about the history and current status of death with dignity laws in the United States, visit the website of the Death With Dignity National Center.
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