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Proponents Say Aid-In-Dying Bill Is Dead

by | Apr 8, 2015 6:35pm
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Tim Appleton of Compassion & Choices

A bill that would allow a terminally ill patient to take their own life will not make it out of the Judiciary Committee this year, according to proponents of the legislation.

It’s the third year in a row the bill has failed to make it out of committee.

Tim Appleton, state director of Compassion & Choices, said civil rights issues take years to gain approval. He equated the struggle to get the legislation passed with gay marriage.

“Gay marriage took many years to gain approval in Connecticut, and today the majority of people cannot imagine a time when marriage equality was not fully accepted here,” Appleton said. “. . . We believe that, like gay marriage and other issues of personal choice, aid-in-dying will continue to gain support.”

The two Judiciary Committee chairmen were not immediately available for comment. The committee has until April 13 to approve legislation.

Opponents of the legislation applauded the decision not to move forward with the bill this year.

“We would urge the General Assembly to focus on improving hospice, palliative care, and home care, as well as passing a right to try bill (HB 6709) to help thiose seeking to extend their lives, rather than continue to waste time on an issue that has now been rejected three years in a row without a committee vote,” Stephen Mendelsohn, from Second Thoughts, said. “Three strikes and you are out. Each year, opposition to assisted suicide has only grown stronger.”

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posted by: Noteworthy | April 9, 2015  6:22am

Once again, politicians ignore the clear wishes of the public they pretend to represent.

posted by: Spinoza | April 9, 2015  7:46am

This is unfortunate. The Catholic Church in CT won again, imposing their religious views on people who do not share them. The law has worked well in Oregon for decades. There is no reason for the same rights not to be had by CT citizens.

posted by: Tessa Marquis | April 9, 2015  8:34am

Choice issues always have a rough time.

It is difficult for some people, even though they talk about “Personal Responsibility”, to grasp the concept.

posted by: JamesBronsdon | April 9, 2015  11:02am

For those interested in reading more:

[url=“http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/03/always-care-never-kill-how-physician-assisted-suicide-endangers-the-weak-corrupts-medicine-compromises-the-family-and-violates-human-dignity-and-equality
“]click here[/url]

Regarding Oregon, see especially pages 5 and 7.

posted by: Centrist32 | April 10, 2015  2:17am

Spinoza and Noteworthy: When Stephen Mendelsohn, Cathy Ludlum, and other disability rights activists testified at the hearing on 3/18, were there any bishops and nuns holding guns to their heads? If so, I did not notice them. Disabled people are part of the CT, and the national, citizenry. We actually have communal interests that are and have been violated by assisted suicide laws.

I do not understand how one could suggest that the Oregon law has worked flawlessly unless one is invalidating and subjugating the stories of people for whom it has been traumatic. Is Barbara Wagner less important than Britney Maynard, and if so, why? Why should politicians make laws based on the case of the latter, but not of the former?

If assisted suicide is dead in CT, it isn’t because of the Catholic Church. That result has come about through a diverse coalition of medical professionals, people with disabilities, and ordinary citizens working alongside each other. Are some of those citizens Catholic? Sure, but that isn’t why the law failed. The law has failed because *it is a bad law and assisted suicide is an untenable social policy.*