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Vermont Legalizes Assisted Suicide through Video Chat


Vermont this week legalized assisted suicide through video chat. 

Gov Phil Scott signed the legislation passed this week, removing a prior requirement for a physician to examine a terminally ill patient in person before prescribing medication aiding in suicide, Just the News reports

Under the new law, a patient must have a “terminal condition” and be informed about hospice options. 

It also prevents criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action against health care professionals who act in good faith compliance with the law. 

The state first legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2013, requiring a series of evaluations before approval.