MDs to courts: We cannot, will not assist suicide

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV needle assisted suicideMedical personnel in Vermont, including some doctors, are waiting to see if a court will grant them permission to follow their conscience and religious beliefs.

In 2013, Vermont passed a law paving the way for healthcare professionals to assist in killing patients if they are terminally ill.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Steven H. Aden tells OneNewsNow that lawyers are requesting a preliminary injunction on behalf of two medical groups. 

“Forcing [this on] medical professionals who wish to abide by their oath to do no harm violates their right not to be coerced to speak the state's message on assisted suicide and violates a provision of the Affordable Care Act, which protects conscientious healthcare providers against discrimination by state health agencies,” he explains.

The workers are at odds with two state health agencies that have construed a mandate out of the law that would require doctors to have a definite role in the process of assisted suicide, regardless of their commitment to preserve and protect life. 

“Act 39 contains one small, very narrow exemption protecting only the decision not to prescribe the death dealing drug," the attorney explains, "but beyond that it requires every healthcare professional involved with a patient's care to ensure that a patient knows about the ability to kill himself under Act 39 and knows how to do it.” 

ADF is telling the court it's something their clients cannot and will not do - and they want the law halted. 

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