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Vermont governor agrees to sign bill on physician assisted suicide

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3210 (Published 16 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3210
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Vermont is on the verge of becoming the third US state to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who request the prescriptions.

Oregon and Washington states have also adopted similar legislation through voter referendums, but Vermont is the first eastern state to pass a law and the first in the nation to pass it through a vote of a state legislature.

Vermont passed the legislation on 13 May, and governor Peter Shumlin has said that he will sign the legislation into law.

“I understand …

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