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True Dignity Vermont is a grassroots, independent, citizen-led initiative in opposition to assisted suicide in Vermont. Vermonters deserve true dignity and compassion at the end of life, not the abandonment of assisted suicide. Killing is not compassion, and True Dignity Vermont will work to ensure our end-of-life choices respect the dignity of all Vermont citizens.

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Your Senators need to hear from you during town meeting week.

Thanks in part to you, the Senate voted last week to postpone a vote on a bill related to Act 39, the law that legalized doctor-prescribed suicide, until Wednesday, March 11th. Your Senators are home all of this week for Town Meeting Day and to spend time listening to constituent concerns. Now is the time to call, write or email your Senators at home and urge them to vote to Repeal Act 39 entirely. 

If you are attending your local Town Meeting, try to speak politely to your Senators in person. If you are or are not attending your Town Meeting, please make every effort to contact Senators this week at home. It is important that you say “Repeal the ENTIRE Assisted Suicide law.”

The Pro-Suicide groups will take this break to push their agenda, and we need to continue to show that Vermonters do not want this law.

Please read and follow this closely:

  1. First go to http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ and get the Home Phone numbers for your senators.
  2. Then give them each a polite call at their home number.
  3. You will most likely be asked to give your name and town.
  4. Politely ask your Senators to “Repeal Act 39 ENTIRELY.  Assisted Suicide is not healthcare.”

After you have called

Send this post to all your friends! And share it on Social Media!

Send your legislator a nice letter.
Send emails individually to your Senators

These are less effective than a call but can help support Senators in their Repeal decision. And remember everyone likes to get an old-fashioned letter! You can find their home mailing addresses and emails at http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

Thank you for your help Repealing this Bad Law!

Remember the “my choice” mantra of the pro-assisted suicide people?  It’s my life.  It’s my death.  It’s my choice.”

Well, not really.

Listen to this great radio discussion between Not Dead Yet’s John Kelly, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s Alex Schadenberg, and a Belgian doctor whose whole argument is about how carefully he makes his choice to grant or deny a request for euthanasia. As Kelly and Schadenberg repeatedly point out that he’s talking about his choice, not the patient’s, he seems totally unaware that anyone might think there is anything wrong or scary about this.  He’s not the slightest bit embarrassed that he chooses, based on his perceptions of the patient’s suffering.  He seems to think of himself as a very nice, benevolent god, doing his duty when he stops a patient’s perceived suffering by stopping the patient.

With legal euthanasia and assisted suicide, it’s always the doctor’s choice.  A patient may make the request, but it’s entirely up to the doctor to choose whether to grant or deny it.

Take the time to listen to this one.  You will be glad you did.

http://sputniknews.com/popup/radio/?audio_id=16260512

 

 

 

 

The Vermont Senate voted today to postpone until Wednesday, March 11 any action on S. 108, “An act relating to repealing the sunset on provisions pertaining to patient choice at end of life.” True Dignity supports the postponement but opposes the bill, and asks Vermonters who believe likewise to ask their senators and representatives over Town Meeting Week break to oppose this bill and repeal Act 39.

In their work on S. 9, “An act relating to improving Vermont’s system for protecting children from abuse and neglect,” the Vermont Senate has been working hard to help develop safeguards to prevent the kinds of horrific tragedies that happened over the last year when young children fell through the cracks and died at the hands of people who should have been taking care of them.

Ironically, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee discussed this very topic just an hour before hearing testimony on Act 39 last week. That these Senators clearly care about the health and safety of vulnerable Vermont children was evident in the discussions around S.9; what was not clear was why some of these same legislators seemed unable to  fathom that Act 39 could well lead to similar tragedy, i.e., vulnerable Vermonters falling through the cracks and dying on the watch of people who should have been taking care of them.

The “cracks in the system” through which disabled, elderly and financially vulnerable Vermonters may fall under Act 39 are so big you could drive a truck through them, and  they can’t be patched up. Our legislature would do well to repeal this dangerous legislation before the first person falls through.

Then, they will be doing damage control.

We need you to take URGENT action!

True Dignity is sharing the following information that is also available at http://www.repealact39.com/

Act 39 is expected to get a vote on the Senate floor at 1 pm Thursday (2/26). And the vote will be very close! We need you to call your Senators at the Statehouse today (Wednesday, 2/25) or early morning Thursday. So there is no time to wait!

The Pro-Suicide groups have already started their calls, and we need to make calls to show that Vermonters do not want this law.

Please read and follow this closely:

  1. First go to http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ and get the names of all your Senators.
  2. Politely call the Sergeant at Arms at the State House:
    1. 802-828-2228 or 800-322-5616
    2. You may get a busy signal, but please keep trying.
  3. You will be asked to give your name and town.
  4. Politely ask for the following message to be delivered to your Senators. The message is “Repeal Act 39 entirely.  Assisted Suicide is not healthcare.”
  5. It is important that you leave a message for each Senator by name.

After you have called

Send this post to all your friends!

And share it on Social Media!
Send emails individually to your Senators
This is less effective than a call but can help support Senators in their Repeal decision. You can find their emails through http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

Thank you for your help Repealing this Bad Law!

 

 

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We need you to take URGENT action!

Act 39 is expected to get a vote on the Senate floor at 1 pm Thursday (2/26). And the vote will be very close! We need you to call your Senators at the Statehouse today (Wednesday, 2/25) or early morning Thursday. So there is no time to wait!

The Pro-Suicide groups have already started their calls, and we need to make calls to show that Vermonters do not want this law.

Please read and follow this closely:

  1. First go to http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/ and get the names of all your Senators.
  2. Politely call the Sergeant at Arms at the State House:
    1. 802-828-2228 or 800-322-5616
    2. You may get a busy signal, but please keep trying.
  3. You will be asked to give your name and town.
  4. Politely ask for the following message to be delivered to your Senators. The message is “Repeal Act 39 entirely.  Assisted Suicide is not healthcare.”
  5. It is important that you leave a message for each Senator by name.

After you have called

Send this post to all your friends!

And share it on Social Media!
Send emails individually to your Senators
This is less effective than a call but can help support Senators in their Repeal decision. You can find their emails through http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/

Thank you for your help Repealing this Bad Law!

Well it appears that our little state has had a moment of fame, being, not exactly featured, but still very important, in this week’s episode of a tv series.  It was not, as we might expect, Vermont’s quaint villages, pristine ski slopes, and bed and breakfasts that played a part in the show.

It was instead the legality in Vermont of assisted suicide that was important in the plot of an episode of the detective series Elementary.  You can watch the show at http://www.cbs.com/shows/elementary/video/C6605521-F4A4-5F16-5F24-9DAF96EB2E4C/elementary-when-your-number-s-up/.

Without spoiling the ending, we will say that the fact that a person made repeated trips to VT, a state with assisted suicide, leads the show’s detectives to understand the motive for the murder and to identify the murderer.  And the murder weapon is the gun a dead person bought, perhaps to commit suicide, before deciding to go to VT for a prescribed overdose instead.

Of course an heir’s wish for the inheritance is the motive.  What else?  A plane crash intervenes before the lethal drugs can become a murder weapon in any of the deaths on the show, but one can imagine what might have happened if they had come into the hands of the murderer.  If they had, we can surmise that there would there have been another victim.  The perpetrator could have been alone with the dying person at the time of death, under the terms of our law; and the perpetrator is not portrayed as the type to be a patient caregiver, by which we mean not as a good caregiver for a patient nor as a caregiver who would have been patient, certainly not when waiting for an inheritance.

One wonders if  any of our legislators are ashamed and embarrassed that a tv plot revolved around the assumption that a sick man who is flying to VT would  not be doing so to fulfill his bucket list of beautiful places to visit but to commit assisted suicide.

Are they?  Then they should repeal this bad law, before it does lead to murder.

 

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