A spokesperson for Vermont's largest non-profit pro-life organization says the state's latest information on doctor-assisted suicide is very revealing.
Vermont approved its hotly-debated assisted suicide measure in 2013 in spite of the usual warnings that the law could be misused. Now, Vermont Right to Life Committee (VRLC) spokesperson Mary Beerworth tells OneNewsNow most information in the latest report on the issue is found in what it does not say. For example, 29 people have reportedly used a lethal dose, while there were 56 prescriptions written for it; there is no way to know what happened to the remaining 27.
"We have potentially lethal doses in homes with small children, or with maybe say a teenager who's rightly upset about a recent death in the household, or a widow, or a widower, and we have at their fingertips a lethal dose," Beerworth laments.
And she points out that death certificates will not reflect assisted suicide.
"The underlying cause of death will be whatever was causing the terminal illness," she explains. "So that's a lie, and any physician engaged in writing the prescription for a lethal dose is actually agreeing to lie on the death certificate about the death."
Beerworth further considers the actors who might use the drugs to commit murder.
"Were the drugs forced down the feeding tube? Or is something else negative happening in the form of abuse to that very vulnerable patient struggling at the end of life? We just don't know," she poses.
So the report leaves the issue in a cloud of mystery.