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Vermont Doctors Suing the State Over Assisted Suicide

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The Doctorby Kiley Crossland, World

A group of Vermont medical professionals is suing state officials for demanding doctors counsel patients on physician-assisted suicide.

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice and Office of Professional Regulation declared the state’s assisted suicide law, enacted in 2013, requires healthcare professionals, regardless of conscience or oath, to inform terminally ill patients that one of their medical options is doctor-prescribed suicide.

Two groups — Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical and Dental Association — filed a lawsuit in federal court in July against the state agencies, saying the mandate forces doctors to help kill their patients and violates their oath to “do no harm.”

In September, the groups, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), filed a request for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of the rules until the lawsuit, Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare v. Hoser, is settled. They are now waiting for a ruling after a hearing with a judge earlier this month.

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