Act 39 Resources

Forms for Physicians and Patients who wish to access the provisions of Act 39 may be found at Vermont Department of Health.


Additional Resources and Information

Forms for Advance Directives may be found on the website of the Vermont Department of Health.

Read Act 39 here.

Articles, documents, stories

View Ann Jackson’s presentation to Senate Health & Welfare committee on January 30, 2013. “Using Facts to Draw Conclusions.”

Read a document on the language of Death with Dignity, particularly why calling it “suicide” is inaccurate and biased.

Read Factual Responses Refuting Claims Made by Opponents of The Death with Dignity Law (or download as PDF)

An Oregon doctor on “Why Death With Dignity Is the Ultimate Responsibility of Physicians” – Neurology Today, August 2002

Read personal stories and opinion pieces from Oregon, Washington, Vermont and elsewhere.

Links to national organizations supporting death with dignity



2014 annual report on the Oregon Death with Dignity law

Report from Washington State on Death with Dignity Act

Independent research on the Oregon experience


Death with Dignity: The Case for Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying and Euthanasia, by Robert Orfali – Orfali provides an in-depth exploration of the shortcomings of our end-of-life system. The reader will learn about terminal torture in hospital ICUs and about the alternatives: hospice and palliative care. With laser-sharp focus, Orfali scrutinizes the good, the bad, and the ugly. He provides an insightful critique of the practice of palliative sedation. The book makes a strong case that assisted dying complements hospice. Oregon, by providing both, now has the best palliative-care system in America. This book can serve as a gentle and informed guide to “a good death” in the age of hospice and high-tech medical intervention.

To Die Well: Comfort, Calm and Choice in the Last Days of Life, by Sidney Wanzer, M.D. and Joseph Glenmullen, M.D. – indicates the various legal options used by persons seeking reduction of suffering at the end of life.

2013 TV Ads

2012 Ad, “The Time Has Come” featuring Jean Mallary and Congressman Richard Mallary: