Lawmakers hear testimonies for Aid in Dying bill; bill has failed 15 times in CT

Aid in Dying bills have failed 15 times in Connecticut.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2023, 3:21 AM

Updated 447 days ago

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Terminally ill patients made an emotional plea to Connecticut lawmakers once again Monday, asking for the right to have a doctor assist bring about a peaceful death.
"The families of these loved ones re-live their trauma every year when they come to Hartford and share their loved ones' most painful moments," said a proponent of the bill.
Aid in Dying bills have failed 15 times in Connecticut.
More than 100 people on both sides of the issue Monday signed up to testify at a hearing.
Opponents say people could be pressured to end their own lives.
"Death is not medical therapy. Death is not a treatment. And yet this bill prescribes death as a legitimate medical treatment for a difficult situation," said Dr. David Giles.
The bill contains several protections, including: patients would have to make two separate requests in writing 15 days apart, and two different doctors would have to sign off on the requests.


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