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Legislature to Consider 'Right To Die' Legislation

It's an option the legislature should consider, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey says.


If your pet is terminally ill and not likely to recover, you take it to the vet who "humanely" euthanizes it so it doesn't unnecessarily suffer.

But if your parent is terminally ill, in pain and suffering, should they have the same choice?

That's a question that will be before the state legislature this session as Connecticut becomes the latest state to debate the "Right to Die" issue. If the bill that is now before the Public Health Committee ultimately passes the legislature and becomes law, Connecticut will join only three other state that allow the terminally ill to decide to end their lives.

State Rep. Betsy Ritter, who is the Deputy Speaker of the House, introduced the legislation.

“Patients should be able to make their own decisions about the final minutes of their lives. It’s their right and no one else’s,” Ritter said in a press release.

"She and I have talked about it and I am very interested in it," said House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, who represents Hamden. "It is something that I think should be considered."

The bill that is making its way through the Connecticut legislature is based on the Oregon and Washington laws that allows a person with a terminal illness who has a life expectancy of six months or less and who is considered mentally and psychologically competent to obtain medication to end their lives.

The legislation would include protections to ensure that patients are not coerced or influenced in their decision-making, according to Ritter.

"I personally think it's a good idea and want to see what the committee recommends," Sharkey said. "The details are going to be important as to the parameters as to how it gets done."

Last week, members of the lobbying group Compassion & Choices held a news conference in Hartford, CTMirror reported, to encourage the passage of the bill.

oldtimer February 17, 2013 at 01:23 PM
I am all for it and it can't come soon enough. The individual, family, insurance companies and the government coffers will all benefit. Why belabor the inevitable? IMO
COSMO P February 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
MY GOD WHAT IS THIS STATE COMING TO. The Republicans were right again. Death squads masked as humane legislation. This sickens me .This is outrageous as only GOD has the right to decide when one is to DIE. Outrageous. This is evident and is on par with late term abortion. Will these liberal progressives ever stop destroying this country. Disgraceful to say the least.
Isabel Etkind February 17, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Why isn't this decision up to the person that is dying, their family and their health care provider. Presumably these are all intelligent people that have been living with the illness and the pain it causes. Why do we need the government so involved in our personal lives? Soon the government will be telling us when we can eat,sleep,procreate etc. There are some things that are and should be private amongst members of the family and the practitioners involved in their care. Very few issues are "one size fits all." We need to return medical decisions to the doctors and the family. There are numerous bureaucrats where they do not belong and should have never been involved in the first place.
CTMary February 18, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Let's be clear...you"re comparing a pet to a human being?
John Symon February 18, 2013 at 03:30 AM
My mother in law (no joke) was diagnosed with a very bad case of cancer. The doctors (first and a later second opinion) told her she had six months to live. It was a nightmarish situation. That was six and a half years ago and while the don't used the word cured, she has been in a very long period of remission. If given the choice at the time, she might have ended it all. I'm glad that it wasn't and Helen is still a vibrant member of our family. I think this is a bad idea.

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