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death with dignity http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/314/all en Opinion: Vermont's end of life law is an example to be proud of http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405opinion-vermonts-end-life-law-example-be-proud <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Marnie Wood </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">This week marks an important one-year anniversary of Vermont&rsquo;s Act 39 &mdash; Patient Choice and Control at End of Life &mdash; becoming law. Citizens and legislators in our state worked for 10 years in an effort to ensure a right of choice for terminally ill patients.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23519">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405opinion-vermonts-end-life-law-example-be-proud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion death with dignity Fri, 23 May 2014 18:16:09 +0000 Zach Despart 23519 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Personal liberties take center stage http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202personal-liberties-take-center-stagepersonal-liberties-take-center-stage <p> BRIDPORT &mdash; Monday&rsquo;s season-opening legislative breakfast in Bridport offered a preview of two emotional debates on personal freedom that could play out on a grander scale this spring in the Statehouse.</p> <p> At issue: Should families be given broader rights to have their children opt-out of vaccines designed to protect them from deadly diseases, and should terminally ill people be allowed to opt-in to a proposal that would allow them to take their own lives under medical supervision.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10754">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202personal-liberties-take-center-stagepersonal-liberties-take-center-stage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bridport death with dignity legislative breakfast legislature vaccination Thu, 09 Feb 2012 18:00:09 +0000 John Flowers 10754 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Death with Dignity http://www.addisonindependent.com/201103death-dignity <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> &nbsp;MIDDLEBURY &mdash; At the same time that state lawmakers are trying to revamp the system by which Vermonters recover from illnesses, a group of citizens is urging the Vermont Legislature to allow terminally sick people the right to forgo treatment and end their own lives.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7231">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201103death-dignity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury death with dignity legislature Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:00:28 +0000 Andrew Stein 7231 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Local woman went to Oregon to end own life http://www.addisonindependent.com/201103local-woman-went-oregon-end-own-life <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-7261" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201103local-woman-went-oregon-end-own-life"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/marniewood8410.thumbnail.jpg" alt="marniewood8410.jpg" title="marniewood8410.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT MARNIE Wood displays a photograph of her sister, Nancy Valko, who died in 2009. Valko, who was terminally ill with ALS, relocated from Middlebury to Oregon in part to take advantage of that state’s Death with Dignity law. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Nancy Valko was tired of living in the prison that Lou Gehrig&rsquo;s Disease had made of her once vibrant body.</p> <p> So on a sunny April 19, 2009, the former Middlebury resident took one last wheelchair ride through her favorite park, had a piece of berry pie, bade farewell to her beloved friends and family, and went out into her backyard to draw her last breath.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7232">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201103local-woman-went-oregon-end-own-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury death with dignity Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:00:27 +0000 Andrew Stein 7232 at http://www.addisonindependent.com