Assisted suicide

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Op-Ed: Her story in support of ending one’s life with dignity

Death with dignity is a tough issue for many of us. Although I have co-sponsored the bill before the Legislature, I didn’t always support the concept. When I started to think about it as a matter of individual choice, I realized what a personal and intimate decision it was. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: Civil liberty should include freedom to decide on dying as well as living

Protecting civil liberties requires us to defend certain choices and an individual’s right to make them. Most of the choices we defend involve how people live. However, American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and Compassion & Choices-Connecticut are allied in believing that people have a right to make informed decisions about the end of their lives as well. Continue Reading →

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Advocates concede defeat on aid-in-dying bill in 2014

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. Continue Reading →

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‘Aid in dying’ bill offers hope, generates fear

A divided audience intently listened to public testimony at a hearing on an "aid in dying" -- or, to opponents, "assisted suicide" -- bill earlier this year.

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. Continue Reading →

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Malloy skeptical on assisted-suicide bill

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 are with respect to that. A lot of what I’ll say and do in the future about that issue is dependent on the language I’ve been presented.”

Malloy said he is fully supportive of a separate bill that would create a pilot program making it easier for dying patients to decline treatment. “I then become a little uneasy when it comes to saying that as a matter of state policy, that we’re going to take proactive actions to end” life, Malloy said. Continue Reading →

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