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Court Allows Vermont Law to Stand that Forces Doctors to Mention Suicide as an “Option”

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
October 17, 2017

When the government tells healthcare professionals that they must offer doctor-prescribed death as an “option” for their patients, there is something wrong.

And there is certainly something rotten in the state of Vermont. Today, the court announced that they would not allow the case Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare v. Hoser to move forward. This means that healthcare professionals in Vermont can be forced to promote doctor-assisted suicide as an option for their patients, regardless of their moral and ethical objections.

This Vermont law is problematic, to put it mildly.

Doctors and other healthcare professionals commit to “do no harm.” But this law would force healthcare professionals to counsel their patients that doctor-prescribed death is a valid option and explain the “benefits.” And then – as if that weren’t bad enough – the law forces healthcare professionals to refer their patients to providers who are willing to prescribe death-inducing drugs.

Our clients certainly do not view death as a treatment option and certainly do not see any “benefit” to it. The law violates their moral and professional ethics.

The state has crossed a line here in forcing healthcare professionals to advise their patients to consider suicide. And this law stands in direct opposition to federal law which protects healthcare professionals who cannot participate in doctor-assisted suicide for reasons of conscience.

Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to fight for the rights of these healthcare professionals to practice medicine according to their ethics – and to continue their mission of healing rather than harming.

The State Should Never Force Healthcare Professionals to Recommend Suicide to Their Patients

Alliance Defending Freedom has created a free legal manual for healthcare professionals who want to practice medicine consistently with their ethical and religious beliefs. To learn more and download your copy, visit the link below. 


Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.


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