Vermont Patient Choice and Control and the End of Life Act (Act 39) went into effect on May 20, 2013.
Compassion & Choices funded the first training for doctors in Vermont during the summer and fall of 2013 with a statewide tour along with Vermont Ethics Network.
Compassion & Choices has staff on the ground to continue to help implement Vermont’s law.
2015 brought several changes to the law. None were successful thanks to advocacy by C&C. In May, 2015, Vermont Governor Shumlin signed the bill into law that preserves the process we now have in place and removed the sunset provision on the bill. Since that time, there have been no successful attempts to repeal or diminish access to the law.
In August of 2015, we launched the Vermont Access Campaign under the model provided by Matt Whitaker and are still seeing positive results with more and more physicians supporting their patients.
Compassion & Choices has staff on the ground to continue helping implement Vermont’s law.
Linda Waite-Simpson, Vermont State Director: [email protected]; 802-881-3189
Last month, a lawsuit addressing important questions about the intersection of patients’ legal rights and the religious freedom of physicians was heard by the U.S. District Court for the State of Vermont. The Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical & Dental Association challenged the constitutionality of Vermont’s Patient Choice at the End […]Read More
Monique Van de Ven died peacefully in Vermont on January 27, 2016, at the age of 56 after taking a medical aid-in-dying prescription obtained through her doctor under the Vermont Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act (Act 39). In 2006 she was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare but aggressive head […]Read More
A federal judge has granted a motion by Compassion & Choices, Patient Choices Vermont and two terminally ill Vermonters that allows them to argue in court against a lawsuit brought by religious groups to undermine Vermont’s End-of-Life Choice Act (Act 39). Act 39 gives mentally capable, terminally ill adult residents of Vermont the option to […]Read More