Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has vowed passage of a bill
legalizing doctor-assisted suicide in 2013, but opponents are ready
for the challenge.
Shumlin ran for office partly on the promise of legalizing
physician-assisted suicide but failed to gain approval in the
legislature. Mary Hahn Beerworth of Vermont Right to Life tells OneNewsNow that
Shumlin has motivation to work for the passage of
"There's a lot of money passed out like candy here at election
time from the pro-doctor-prescribed suicide folks -- so he's
absolutely going to make them happy and get them their Christmas
wish list, and he put that up there along with legalizing marijuana
and drivers licenses for illegal immigrants," she explains.
The vote is expected to be close if the suicide bill makes it to
the Senate floor. She says the legislature swings far to the left
at this point.
"They understand the risks, but their love of the word 'choice'
seems to supersede the risk that someone might die who did not
really want to die but felt pressured into asking for the lethal
dose," she says. "That seems to not resonate with those far
"There are, however, some legislators still in Vermont who have
grave concerns about this bill."
But it will have hearings in both houses and people are getting
a bit concerned.
"And I have to tell you people are leaving Vermont," Beerworth
adds. "People want to raise their kids in a different atmosphere.
Family folks, doctors, nurses, they're leaving."