Malloy hasn’t reached a position on end-of-life bill

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that he hasn’t determined whether he would support a proposal to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to people with terminal illnesses.

Malloy said the issue evokes fears, religious and societal taboos, and “very substantial questions about the ability of one to control their own destiny.” He said he had read about and reflected on similar measures in other states, but had not reached a conclusion about the bill currently under review in the legislature.

He also spoke about his mother, a nurse.

“My own mother died while being cared for in hospice,” Malloy said. “She did not end her own life, but I suppose if she had decided to, as a son I probably would have supported her decision.”

The controversial bill — referred to as “aid in dying” by supporters and “assisted suicide” by opponents — was the subject of a public hearing last week.