Vermont Gov. The Associated Press reports that Republican Phil Scott signed a law to remove residency requirements for the assisted suicide law in Vermont.
Scott, the governor who took office in early 2017, was re-elected during the 2022 state gubernatorial race.
To qualify for a prescription that will kill them, the patient must expect to die in six months. State law says that nothing in this chapter can be construed by a doctor or anyone else to allow them to end the life of a patient through mercy killing, lethal injection or active euthanasia. “Action taken pursuant to this chapter shall not for any purpose be construed under law as homicide, suicide, assisted suicidal, mercy killing or homicide.”
Some are happy about the development. While some will be disappointed by Vermont’s decision to expand access to lethal prescriptions.
Cassandra Johnston (38), a New Yorker diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, hailed this news as “life changing,” according to AP. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have a peaceful, compassionate option just next door. “And it’s life-changing for someone like me. It…