It will be the third time a state has legalized doctor assisted suicide. The law will apply to only those over the age of 18 and is very specific about the situations it pertains to.
Only those diagnosed with what’s termed as disease that is incurable and/or irreversible and with six months or less to live will be considered.
Once they are approved those patients can be administered drugs that would end their life.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill by the end of this week.
Shumlin told the Wall Street Journal "Vermonters who are suffering from a terminal illness and anticipating excruciating pain peace of mind in knowing that this is an option."
Passing the law wasn’t an overnight thing in Vermont. Shumlim pointed out there has been a decade worth of discussion and debate.
"We’ve had a very respectful, dignified conversation about a difficult issue where there are strongly held beliefs on both sides."
The only other states currently allowing physician assisted suicide are Washington and Oregon.