After many years of pro-lifers defeating doctor-prescribed suicide, the Vermont legislature finally passed it in 2013. Since then stories have surfaced of healthy people being coerced into killing themselves. The latest is this sad story about a healthy, delightful 91-year-old woman in a rehab facility for a broken wrist, who was constantly badgered by the staff reminding that she could kill herself!
Coercion and abuse are major problems in states where assisted suicide is legal. Beerworth said the Vermont legislation makes it worse by requiring that every person diagnosed with a terminal illness be told that they can commit assisted suicide with a doctor’s prescription.
And the pro-euthanasia group Compassion& Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society, hired someone in Vermont to go to geriatric conferences and senior citizens expos to promote assisted suicide, Beerworth said. On their display table, they give away life savers, she said.
“You can’t make this up,” Beerworth said.