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A Vermont Law Threatened This Doctor’s Practice

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
October 17, 2017

Every person’s life has worth and meaning, regardless of life expectancy.

That’s a principle that guides Dr. Rachel DiSanto in her medical practice. So, when Vermont passed a law that was being interpreted to require healthcare professionals to counsel patients that physician-assisted suicide was an option for their care, she knew that this law was a major threat to her conscience.

She could not reconcile her beliefs about the sanctity of life, and her oath to do no harm, with the mandate to offer suicide as an option to her six-month terminal patients.

“This is something that really could end my practice,” she said. “If I’m forced to do this, I won’t continue to practice medicine in this state. I would leave my practice. There is no compromise here.”

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) stepped in to defend Dr. DiSanto and other healthcare professionals in Vermont who simply want the freedom to practice medicine consistently with their moral and ethical beliefs.

This story has a good ending. Thankfully, a federal court ruled that the Vermont law cannot be interpreted to force pro-life healthcare professionals to counsel or refer patients for assisted suicide.

We Must Defend the Right of Conscience in Healthcare

The government should never be permitted to punish pro-life healthcare professionals for acting according to their convictions and upholding their oath to do no harm. That’s why ADF has created a free legal guide for those in the healthcare profession who are curious about their rights. Download a copy at 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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