Openly Pro-Assisted Suicide
Proponent Elected Governor in Vermont
By Mary Hahn Beerworth
Executive Director Vermont Right to Life Committee
Peter Shumlin, the newly elected pro-assisted
suicide governor of Vermont
The situation in Vermont is dire.
While most of the country experienced pro-life victories,
Vermont, in keeping with its quirky reputation, went in the
The November 2nd general election
placed the Legislature and the governorship squarely in the
hands of pro-suicide forces. Pro-life Lt. Governor Brian Dubie
lost the race for governor by only a few thousand votes. His
narrow loss now means Peter Shumlin, an openly pro-abortion,
pro-assisted suicide candidate, is now governor-elect.
Shumlin has made it clear in the
past that he believes that the issue of assisted suicide is not
about pain, but about people who are no longer ""productive."
Shumlin vowed throughout the campaign that if elected he would
sign a bill to legalize assisted suicide in 2011.
Shumlin publicly stated, "people
often confuse this issue with what actually happens. As an
example, the person that comes to mind when you talk about this
bill is .....(people) in such incredible pain. Turns out that in
the state of Oregon, that's not the case. It isn't people who
are in extraordinary pain that make this choice. It's people who
in the very last weeks of their lives absolutely lose control
over their own bodies, their lives, they no longer have the
capability to in anyway live with dignity." (Mark Johnson Radio
Within hours of the final
results, the Death with Dignity forces announced that they were
ready to push their legislation in the early months of the new
session which will begin January 4, 2011. Worse yet, they
declared new financial support from Oregon Death with Dignity's
National Center in Portland to the tune of $100,000.00. Here's
the press release:
"Death With Dignity National
Center officially announces the next Death with Dignity
After years of working in
collaboration with supporters in Vermont, we're ready to
publicly proclaim the high chance of success in the Green
Public opinion polls in
Vermont show 82% of the populace supports Death with Dignity;
during the last biennium, 68 legislators were willing to sign on
as co-sponsors of Death with Dignity legislation.
And as of today, Vermont
boasts a new governor-elect, Pete Shumlin, who has repeatedly
stated in no uncertain terms he will champion terminally ill
patients' rights to decide to die with dignity.
In concrete terms, we are
talking about the potential for a Vermont Death with Dignity law
Passing Death with Dignity
legislation in Vermont couldn't come at a more critical time.
Our extensive research and polling demonstrates several states
in New England are on the cusp of passing Death with Dignity
laws. Passing a new law in 2011 will establish a foothold in New
England and set the stage for a successful 2012 ballot
A new law in Vermont will show
it is possible to pass Death with Dignity laws through state
legislatures for the 26 states without ballot initiatives or
To ensure a successful
campaign we have committed to contribute $100,000 toward our
partnership with Patient Choices at End of Life - Vermont. Will
you help us reach our goal by making a non-deductible
contribution directly to the Vermont campaign through our
Political Action Fund today."
Vermonters who understand the
dangers of legalizing assisted suicide are preparing for a
fight. In 2007, the legislature defeated a bill to legalize
doctor prescribed death - the bill went down to defeat in the
House of Representatives on a roll call vote of 63 to 82. It is
going to require resources to defeat them this time, and the
odds are against us.
Vermonters have always had a
"live and let live" attitude toward their neighbors and friends.
But we'll soon find out if Vermonters are willing to "live and
let doctors prescribe death" for their neighbors and friends.
Stay tuned for updates.
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