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CT Legislature to Consider 'Right To Die' Legislation

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

If your pet is terminally ill, 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.

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.

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

Steven DeVaux February 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Each person has the right to "life, libery and the pursuit of happiness". Government has no business making personal decisions that effect only the individual and no one else.
Susan Balla February 22, 2013 at 03:53 AM
To put it in Biblilcal terms the body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. No one has the right to tell you when you live and when you die. This goes for children and adults. If you have a terminal illness, and there is no hope then call in Hospice to help you in the end. And Steven is right, each person whether still in the womb or living outside the mothers body has the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

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