Working with the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, today we asked Vermont to respect our rights to conscience. Most of all, we want to abide by our oath to “do no harm.”
Read more from the press release:
ADF attorneys, allied attorney file new motion in federal lawsuit
against state medical licensing authorities
RUTLAND, Vt. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys asked a federal court Monday to stop Vermont officials in two state agencies from forcing conscientious health care professionals to help kill their patients while the lawsuit of those professionals proceeds. ADF attorneys and an allied attorney represent the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, groups of medical professionals who wish to abide by their oath to “do no harm.”
The state agencies, the Board of Medical Practice and the Office of Professional Regulation, are reading the state’s assisted suicide law to require health care professionals, regardless of their conscience or oath, to counsel patients on doctor-prescribed death as an option. Although Act 39, Vermont’s assisted suicide bill, passed with a very limited protection for attending physicians who don’t wish to dispense death-inducing drugs themselves, state medical licensing authorities have construed a separate, existing mandate to counsel and refer for “all options” for palliative care to include a mandate that all patients hear about the “option” of assisted suicide.
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Case Name: Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare v. Hoser