December 22, 2017 / 12:31 AM / 8 months ago

Medical aid-in-dying advocates lose bid to strike Vermont consent agreement

A federal judge has declined to strike down a consent agreement signed by Vermont’s attorney general that allows doctors with religious and ethical objections to decline to personally counsel terminally ill patients on physician-assisted suicide.

U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford in Rutland, Vermont, on Monday denied a request by advocates for medical aid-in-dying to strike the agreement that resolved a lawsuit by two physicians’ groups who objected to a 2013 law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients.

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