Assisted death legislation goes to Judiciary panel
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — It’s on to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee for legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it.
The measure — dubbed ‘‘end of life choices’’ by supporters and ‘‘physician-assisted suicide’’ by opponents — sped through the Senate Health and Welfare Committee this past week, winning approval there Friday on a 5-0 vote.
It’s expected to have a bumpier ride in the Judiciary Committee, which could send it to the Senate floor with a recommendation that it be defeated.
The measure is expected to see action in the full Senate, next week. It has yet to see action in the House.