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Assisted suicide is now legal in Vermont

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Vermont is now the fourth state in the country that allows physician-assisted suicide. The law, which allows physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients, took effect Monday when it was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin. Dick Walters of the group End of Life Choices said he does not think many people will take advantage of the law, but it will improve options for Vermonters. It is now up to the Vermont Health Department to implement the rules.

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