The Vermont Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act (Act 39) took effect on May 20, 2013, but our work to protect patient choice and control is ongoing. Compassion & Choices works in the courts in order to defend the medical aid-in-dying legislation from attack. In 2016, Compassion & Choices, along with Patient Choices Vermont and two patients, were granted intervenor status in a case challenging Vermont’s “right to know” law. Opponents had brought suit in federal court against the state to challenge the requirement that physicians provide terminally-ill patients with complete information about their end-of-life healthcare options. On April 6, a federal judge dismissed the claim, ruling that “physicians must inform patients about all choices and options relevant to their medical treatment.”
To learn more about the challenges to Vermont’s law and what we’re doing to defend it, watch this video.