Senate to take final action on assisted death
The Associated Press | February 14,2013
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Senate is gearing up to take final action on a bill to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients, but there’s significant uncertainty about how the process will unfold.
The Senate gave preliminary approval on Wednesday to a sharply amended bill that removed several of the safeguards in the original legislation. The much shorter version would create immunity for doctors and caregivers from criminal or civil action if a patient they were caring for took a lethal dose of medication.
The amended bill is up for final Senate approval Thursday afternoon is likely to be amended again. And there may be a move to try to restore some parts or all of the original bill.
The measure still must go to the House.