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On May 2nd, as a result of PCV's research, education and advocacy, the State of Vermont removed the residency requirement from our medical aid in dying law.
This landmark change is a huge step forward for compassion and end-of-life choice. Now, any patient who meets the requirements listed in Act 39 can come to Vermont to apply for this important option.
In a huge step for compassion at the end of life, the State of Vermont has just opened the option of medical aid in dying to people regardless of where they live.
Removal of the Act 39 residency restriction is far more than a political victory. The overwhelming support in the legislature and signature by the Governor demonstrate how, together, we have accomplished a pivotal shift in cultural attitudes toward end-of-life choice here in Vermont. Since the founding of PCV twenty-one years ago, medical aid in dying has become a widely valued and respected option in the continuum of end-of-life care.
Advocates Praise the Vermont Legislature and Governor for Removing the Residency Requirement from the State’s Medical Aid-in-Dying Law
Vermont’s Action Will Help Terminally Ill Adults in Other States Access Peaceful Dying Option
Advocates for improving end-of-life care options for terminally ill adults praised the Vermont legislature and Governor Phil Scott (R-Vt.) for becoming the first state to remove the residency requirement from its medical aid-in-dying law.