Vt. House to debate 'aid-in-dying' bill

Posted at: 04/30/2013 12:17 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2013 1:02 PM
By: AP

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House is set to debate legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it.
The measure, variously labeled "physician-assisted suicide" or "death with dignity," has been the subject of two public hearings  this year.
A stripped-down version of the bill already passed the Vermont Senate. The House is expected to pass a version closer to the bill as it was originally filed in the Senate.
The proposal is up for preliminary debate in the House on Tuesday. If it gains approval, it will be up for final action on Wednesday. Differences between the House and Senate versions then would be put to a legislative conference committee to work out.

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