Plaintiffs in this case, led by the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare, have filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Vermont seeking to undermine Vermont’s Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. The lawsuit challenges Vermont’s requirement that patients must be informed of all their available healthcare options after they receive a terminal diagnosis.
In Vermont, patients have a right to be informed of all options for care and treatment at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. While medical providers are not required to participate in prescribing aid-in-dying medication, they are required under the law to provide information on all end-of-life options or arrange a referral to another provider if they are unwilling to inform the patient themselves.
Update: A federal judge has granted a motion by Compassion & Choices, Patient Choices Vermont and two terminally ill Vermonters that grants the intervener status and allows them to argue in court against a lawsuit brought by religious groups to undermine Vermont’s End-of-Life Choice Act (Act 39). Read the press release and court documents below: