Malloy still conflicted on right-to-die proposal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that he remains conflicted about a controversial proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill, mentally competent patients who request it.

“I still struggle with the issue,” he told reporters. “I think people should be able to give direction with respect to their treatment. This bill in its present form goes substantially beyond that.”

Malloy said he would see what the final bill looks like if it gets to him. Previous proposals during the past two years did not get out of committee. The legislature’s Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on this year’s proposal Wednesday.