May 3, 2023
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  • Vermont on Tuesday become the first state in the nation to update its medically assisted suicide law to allow out-of-state terminally ill people to use the procedure to end their lives. The law, which for a decade has permitted doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill people 18 or older, was amended when Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill removing the residency requirement. (Articles here, here, and here)
  • Republicans in North Carolina introduced a plan on Tuesday to ban abortion in the state after 12 weeks of pregnancy, a move that would significantly narrow the window for legal abortions but stop short of the more-restrictive bans that have been enacted in other Southern states. Also on Tuesday, A Utah state judge temporarily blocked a new law, one day before it was scheduled to take effect, that would have banned abortion clinics and potentially put a halt to most abortions in the state. (Articles here and here)