‘My choices.’ Connecticut woman 1st out-of -stater granted right of assisted suicide in Vermont

Lynda Bluestein is dying of fallopian tube cancer and wants to die with a doctor's help.

Abby Del Vecchio and Angelica Toruno

Mar 14, 2023, 2:40 PM

Updated 434 days ago

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A cancer patient from Bridgeport who was suing Vermont for the right to die with a doctor's assistance has reached a settlement.
Lynda Bluestein is dying of fallopian tube cancer and wants to die with a doctor's help.
"Ovarian cancer's evil twin sister, that is more rare and more deadly," said Lynda Bluestein.
"Lynda doesn't want to die, she wants to live, she just can't," said Lynda Bluestein's husband of 41 years, Paul Bluestein.
Vermont is one of 11 states in the U.S. where doctor-assisted death is allowed, but you must live there to qualify.
Last summer, Lynda Bluestein argued that residency requirements are unconstitutional, and she sued the state of Vermont.
Lynda Bluestein is now the first non-Vermont resident granted the choice.
"I'm going to live and I'm going to die the way I've been living; fully, engaged, my choices," said Lynda Bluestein.
But she says this fight has not been because she wants to die.
"If I could take a pill today that would cure my cancer, I would take it," she said.
The Bridgeport woman says she is hoping for one of two outcomes.
"One outcome when my disease progresses far enough is that Paul and I will go to Vermont, the other outcome is that hopefully, that Connecticut General Assembly will pass and I can die in this house," Lynda Bluestein said.
The Aid in Dying bill is currently pending in the Connecticut Legislature. It has failed to pass 15 times previously.
If it fails again, Lynda Bluestein says she is content to have a choice in Vermont - on her terms.
Lynda Bluestein says she currently does not have plans to take the option in Vermont and says she will continue on until she feels like she can't any longer.


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