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Renewed push to repeal assisted suicide law

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There's no evidence that any Vermonter has died as a result of the state's new assisted suicide law, but that's not preventing opponents from advocating for it to be repealed.

The Vermont Alliance for Ethical Health Care held a press conference Thursday calling on legislators to put a moratorium on the measure.

Alliance President Dr. Edward Mahoney says last year's Act 39 lacks adequate protections for patients and health care providers.

"We know that it is very flawed and that we believe however well-intentioned a number of the legislators who were supporting Act 39 really did not understand the full ramifications of those bills," Mahoney said.

Senate Health and Welfare Chairwoman Sen. Claire Ayer sponsored the measure.

She says the group's arguments don't raise any new issues, and legislative leadership indicated no interest in raising the controversial issue again this year.

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