Commend Legalization of Assisted Suicide in Vermont

Target: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Goal: Commend Governor Shumlin for legalizing assisted suicide for terminally ill patients

Thousands of people die in an undignified and inhumane manner every day. When a person is determined to be of a clear mind and they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it should be their legal right to die in a relatively painless and humane way. Vermont has succeeded in giving terminally ill people these rights, and they should be commended for their actions.

There are too many horror stories involving friends’ and family members’ final months of lives. Tales have been told of cold deaths, surrounded by sterile walls instead of family members. Watching a mentally stable person be humiliated by their own body in front of strangers is degrading to the people watching and to the people involved. It is important that we allow people who have confirmed multiple times that they are of sound mind and that they wish to end their life the right to end that life painlessly and legally.

Allowing legal assisted suicide would also help ease the suffering of doctors whose job it is to care for those who are terminally ill. By having the ability to help a patient end his life, the doctor’s conscience could rest more easily.

As it stands now in most states, there is no legal, safe, and painless way to die for patients who have less than six months to live. The bill that Vermont passed recently, entitled the “End of Life Choices” law, would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have six months or less to live, are of sound mind, and have stated three times that they wish to die. Commend Governor Peter Shumlin for allowing Vermonters the right to death with dignity.


Dear Peter Shumlin,

Many people across the country who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses live the last few months of their lives in fear of death and loss of dignity. I would like to commend you for passing the “End of Life Choices” law. You have given the terminally ill control over their last and most precious possession: their lives. By passing this law you have helped to ensure that more people die in comfort rather than in pain and fear.

Thank you for helping to set a trend that will allow unfortunate citizens to die comfortably with dignity.


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