Human Exceptionalism

VT Assisted Suicide Bill Not Assisted Suicide

The bill to legalize assisted suicide in Vermont was amended so that it would no longer legalize assisted suicide. The proponents of doctor-prescribed death are angry, and here’s why. From the Amendment:

A physician who prescribes a double effect medication to a terminally ill person, which, if not taken as prescribed would be lethal, shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action if the physician warns the person about the effects of taking the medication and the person self administers the medication and dies as a result.(c) A person shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability solely for being present when a person with a terminal condition takes a lethal dose of medication that has been prescribed by a physician.

Any properly prescribed medicine can have an unwanted lethal side effect. But the current language would definitely not legalize assisted suicide. It would prevent prosecution of family members and doctors if a dying patient improperly takes a proper prescription. That doesn’t really move the culture of death very far forward, and so we see the outrage.

Most Popular

Education

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More