Rep. Betsy Ritter, D-Waterford, testifying in favor of the compassion in dying bill
A bill that would have allowed mentally-competent, terminally-ill patients the right to choose to request a prescription for medication from their doctors to bring about a humane and dignified death died in committee on April 5.
House Bill 6645 ‘An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients’ would have allowed compassionate aid in dying, supporters say, and given Connecticut residents the freedom to make their own end-of-life choices, rather than placing the burden on others…
Legislators removed it from the agenda on Friday to avoid lengthy discussion or filibuster that could jeopardize other vital bills on the day of the committee’s deadline…
Nearly 100 supporters of the bill packed a public hearing on March 20th, many staying late into the night and early morning hours to deliver testimony.
“People who suffer at the end of life need legal and compassionate options,” Reverend Douglas Peary of East Haven, said. “I support this bill because individuals and their families need the freedom to choose what is right.”
The same legislature which moved to take a leading role in the battle against gun violence, unwarranted death and destruction of human life – did not have to confront the question of terminally-ill individuals choosing to end their own lives with the aid of a physician.
Such is modern politics – even in a supposedly enlightened state.