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Physician-Assisted Suicide

Health Professionals Ask Court to Stop Vermont from Forcing Them to Help Kill Patients

ADF attorneys, allied attorney file new motion in federal lawsuit against state medical licensing authorities

RUTLAND, Vt. - Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked a federal court Monday to stop Vermont officials in two state agencies from forcing conscientious health care professionals to help kill their patients while the lawsuit of those professionals proceeds. ADF attorneys and an allied attorney represent the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, groups of medical professionals who wish to abide by their oath to "do no harm."

The state agencies, the Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation, are reading the state's assisted suicide law to require health care professionals, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option. Although Act 39, Vermont's assisted suicide bill, passed with a very limited protection for attending physicians who don't wish to dispense death-inducing drugs themselves, state medical licensing authorities have construed a separate, existing mandate to counsel and refer for "all options" for palliative care to include a mandate that all patients hear about the "option" of assisted suicide.

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Case Name: Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare v. Hoser

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

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