From NASGA –Vt doctors sue over forcing them to assist in suicides.

Doctors Sue Vermont for Forcing Them to Promote Killing Their Patients in Assisted Suicides

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal court Tuesday against officials in the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation on behalf of health care professionals who wish to abide by their oath to “do no harm.” The state agencies are construing Vermont’s assisted suicide law as requiring them, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option.

According to the agency, only physicians must refer patients to others who will counsel for assisted suicide; however, all of the health care professionals filing suit contend it is unethical for them to counsel for, refer for, or in any other way participate in suicide at the hands of medical personnel.

“The government shouldn’t be telling health care professionals that they must violate their medical ethics in order to practice medicine,” said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “These doctors and other health care workers deeply believe that suffering patients need understanding and sound medical treatment, not encouragement to kill themselves. The state has no authority to order them to act contrary to that sincere and time-honored conviction.”

Although Act 39, Vermont’s assisted suicide bill, passed with limited protections for healthcare providers, state medical licensing authorities have construed a separate, existing mandate to counsel and refer for “all options” for palliative care to include the option of assisted suicide. The Vermont Department of Health adopted this expansive reading.

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Doctors Sue Vermont for Forcing Them to Promote Killing Their Patients in Assisted Suicides

4 thoughts on “From NASGA –Vt doctors sue over forcing them to assist in suicides.

  1. Quite interesting ! The government telling physicians to help on assisted suicide . Has this ever happened before in history ?

    • Of Course! The name of the man was Hitler. T4 program and concentration camps and gas chambers.
      Now we have “nursing homes” and “psych wards” for undesirables. Do you honestly see any difference?

      • Oh my, Joanne. You are right . When the government turns against the citizens and doctors experiment drugs on people who never needed drugs while others rob the victims of all their assets and possessions …it does look like a repeat of history . what are the citizens to do ?

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