Four Republicans and one Democratic senator voted against a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to access life-ending medication.
The bill made it out of the Public Health Committee but Senate Democrats are sending it to another committee before calling it for a vote.
A bill that would allow terminally ill patients access to medications that would end their lives cleared an important hurdle Friday.
Many stressed the importance of easing suffering, while disability rights advocates said a law could be changed in the future.
The bill would let terminally ill patients access medication to end their lives.
Aid in dying and the regulation of faith-based pregnancy centers are poised to return this legislative session.
The rule allows health care workers to refuse medical treatment to people, even during emergencies, on religious or moral grounds.
Strongly held religious beliefs and concerns from people with disabilities prevented the bill from advancing to the House.
A public hearing on legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to medication to end their lives is expected to draw both supporters and opponents today.
The state medical society, long opposed to the aid-in-dying measure, recently adopted a position of “engaged neutrality.”
The campaign for passage of an aid-in-dying law in Connecticut in 2014 ended Tuesday with a concession that the bill does not have the support in the legislature’s Public Health Committee to reach the House floor. “In an election year, in a short-session year, we were so pleased to expand the debate and to get a public hearing,” said Tim Appleton, manager of the campaign to pass the bill.
More than 500 witnesses submitted public-hearing testimony about H.B. 5326, An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients. But the essence of arguments pro and con could be distilled Monday in the opposing testimonies of two women.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy expressed his strongest doubts to date about pending legislation that would allow physicians under certain circumstances to prescribe, but not administer, lethal drugs to the terminally ill. “I don’t think in society we should be viewed as encouraging suicide,” Malloy told reporters Friday. “I would have to understand what the safeguards […]
In a boost for controversial legislation now before the General Assembly, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found broad support among Connecticut voters for allowing doctors to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill patients end their lives.