The US state of Vermont has decided not to follow Oregon in legalising physician assisted suicide. After a week of debate, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 82-63 against the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life.

'This result was achieved through the involvement and campaigning of many people of good will', said Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas had opposed the bill, while supporting the concept of death with dignity, and the director of the Vermont Centre for Independent Living, Deborah Lisi-Baker, said that there needed to be greater access to hospice and palliative care in Vermont.