Vermont legalizes assisted suicide

AFP-JIJI

Vermont on Monday became the third U.S. state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Peter Shumlin, the Democratic governor of the small, progressive-leaning state, signed into law a bill that lawmakers adopted last week. Vermont follows the states of Oregon and Washington in legalizing the practice.

Vermont is the first state to adopt physician-assisted suicide by legislative process rather than a voter-initiated referendum.