Vermont doctors forced to violate the Hippocratic Oath? Please Sign!
Three years ago, Vermont legalized physician-assisted suicide. Today, two state agencies are forcing doctors to participate in assisted suicide even if they believe it is a grave evil and a violation of the Hippocratic oath.
This cannot stand. The role of a doctor is to save and preserve life, not end it. Requiring doctors to participate in killing patients is unconscionable.
Increasingly, healthcare professionals are being told they must check their conscience at the door. In Washington, pharmacists are forced to provide abortifacients or close their doors. In California, crisis pregnancy centers are required to post information about where clients can receive abortions in their waiting rooms.
People of conscience cannot be coerced into complicity with this culture of death. It is imperative that we, the collective voice of the voiceless, stand up for a culture of life. Please sign this petition and ask the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and Office of Professional Regulation to allow doctors to decline to participate in assisted suicide.
These two state agencies have construed the state assisted suicide law to mean that doctors must counsel patients on assisted suicide as an option. Members from two medical groups, Christian Medical & Dental Associations and the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare, filed a lawsuit last week against the state agencies.
Let’s stand with these doctors and affirm their duty to protect the lives of their patients. Doctors should be in the business of saving life, not ending it. The state of Vermont has no business requiring doctors to violate their conscience and their oath.