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Vermont Passes Assisted Suicide Law

Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that makes Vermont the fourth state where physician assisted suicide is now legal. The state’s Health Department now must implement rules as to how the procedure can legally take place, but according to the bill, a patient must state three times that they would like a doctor to help them take their own life. The bill has been the source of a years-long legal battle and ethical debate in Vermont. Assisted suicide is opposed by many religious and pro-life groups across the country …

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