State Legislature to Consider "Right To Die" Legislation

It's an option the legislature should consider, House Speaker and Hamden Rep. 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.


Lillian Toll February 19, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Major decision for everyone to consider. Thank you for this information. What comes to my mind is: "God helps those who help themselves." Definitely a subject to talk to him about.
Glen K Dunbar February 19, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I feel ...NO it is a fact!! Each person s/b allowed to determine if he/she wants to live or not go on. Take me for instance. My life is horrid. I do not want to go on. YET, I am forced to live a life of poverty. (NOTE>..this is NOT a threat to harm thyself..BUT, a wish) I have been pushed to the limit and I am so tired of life as it is. My Kid is a living nightmare who not listen. Wife not understand me. Mom money all gone. I have NO love or friends who agree w/me all the time as I should. My life is horrid. Glen
Glen K Dunbar February 20, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Some people can't mentally or physically help themself and their Family suffers when certain communities shun the person in NEED of help
Lillian Toll February 20, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Glen, I'm concerned seeing the pain you and your family are in. Everyone needs the hellp of others at times. I"m sure this community cares. Please get in touch with Human Services at 203-594-3076 for guidance. You can do this!
Glen K Dunbar February 20, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Thanks Lilly. I actually know them over there. they are wonderful people. Yet, not to be rude...all I get is basicly the problems handed back to me with opinions and that I need do it myself. But, I can't I am mentally, physically unable. So, that is why I so support "right to die" If a persons life (like ME) is so horrid then he/she should have the right to end it. (Again....NOT a threat. Just wishful thinking on my terrible pain and emptiness). I should also note Lilly...that my situation is unique as I have been singled out and am being made an example here.


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