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Vermont Legalizes Physician-Assisted Suicide

Gov. Peter Shumlin points to supporters during his inauguration to a second term on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (AP)

Gov. Peter Shumlin points to supporters during his inauguration to a second term on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (AP)

Vermont has become the third state in the country, and the first in the east to legalize physician assisted suicide.

The Vermont state legislature passed a so-called death with dignity bill last week. And in so doing, it became the first state to approve such a measure through legislative efforts, rather than through a voter referendum.

The bill was signed into law just moments ago by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

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Peter Shumlin, governor of Vermont.


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