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What’s Airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Vermont Legislature Kills Assisted Suicide Bill”

by | Apr 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

Tuesday’s edition of Pro-Life Perspective is a “thank you” to pro-lifers who have stood strong against a renewed push for doctor-prescribed death. The campaign to loosen protective laws has generated “an even more invigorated pushback,” says NRLC President and PLP Host Carol Tobias. “People across the nation have stood firm, and rejected laws that would make it legal for doctors to provide their patients with deadly drugs.”

After reviewing the latest numbers out of Oregon, “the first state to turn physicians into grim reapers,” Mrs. Tobias turns to Vermont. In a surprising move, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, who had previously actively supported doctor-prescribed death when he was in the legislature, had a change of heart.

Mrs. Tobias quotes from a story at

“[Lt. Governor Phil] Scott supported a ‘right to die’ bill when it was last before lawmakers in 2004. He was even a co-sponsor. No longer. ‘I’ve changed my thinking a bit,’ Scott told NewsChannel Five, and then quietly shares a family story. His late father, Howard, served in World War Two and was severely injured in the June 1944 invasion at Normandy. Both of his legs had to be amputated. Howard was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington. ‘During that time he contracted hepatitis, the prognosis wasn’t good,’ said Scott. ‘In fact, one of the Western Union messages I’ve since read said ‘It doesn’t look good for Howard.’ They urged my Gram to come to Washington to see him. They didn’t think he was  going to make it.’

“Scott has thought a lot about all that might have been different had his Dad utilized the option now before the state Legislature. ‘I thought about his life and all he’d done and all the pain and suffering he must have gone through during that period of time and had they asked him at that point, ‘Do you want to end your life?’ You know I am not sure what he would have done but had he done so, of course, the result is evident. I wouldn’t be here now.” Howard Scott recovered and returned home to Barre to raise a family. He died in 1969 when Phil was 11. The lieutenant governor said he has ‘firmly made up his mind’ to vote ‘no’ on the end of life bill should he have the chance.”

Not only did Phil Scott’s father survive long past the temporary pain and illness he experienced, but his legacy will continue for generations to come.

While Vermont has currently staved off the current attack on life, there’s no time for us to rest,” Mrs. Tobias says. “As other states consider similar laws, we must stand firm in countering these dangerous, and deadly, proposals.”

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