Mission Statement for VAEH
The purpose of the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare is to promote
the provision of excellent health care at the end of life in an ethical
manner and to oppose efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide or
euthanasia in Vermont.
For 2500 years the medical profession has forbidden doctors from giving
patients lethal drugs. Society has relied on this prohibition and has trusted
physicians to be healers when that is possible, and to provide comfort
when healing is no longer possible. In the last 30 years, hospice and palliative
care organizations within medicine and in the community have sought and
promoted greater control over the physical, psychological, social and spiritual
distresses that so often affect individuals approaching death and their
families. The common goal is life with dignity until natural death occurs.
Ironically, in recent years the prohibition against euthanasia and
assisted suicide has weakened in some regions, notably in the Netherlands,
Belgium, Switzerland, and the states of Oregon and Washington. The political forces
that are pushing for so called “Death With Dignity” have
now targeted Vermont as the next state to allow physician assisted
The Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healtcare is an organization of healthcare
professionals and friends who gathered together in February 2003 in an
effort to support the expansion and improvement in end-of-life care and
to oppose the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Vermont.
View a list of Vermont and national organizations that oppose legalization
of physician-assisted suicide on our links