Assisted death legislation goes to Vermont Senate panel

Legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it is now going to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee. The measure — dubbed ‘‘end of life choices’’ by supporters and ‘‘physician-assisted suicide’’ by opponents — sped through the Senate Health and Welfare Committee last week, winning approval Friday on a 5-0 vote. It is expected to have a bumpier ride in the Judiciary Committee, which could send it to the Senate floor with a recommendation that it be defeated. The measure is expected to see action in the full Senate next week; it hasyet to see action in the House.