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Legislative Public Hearing: Aid-in-Dying Bill Wednesday, March 20, 10:30amby Chris

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by Compassion & Choices staff
March 19, 2013
(Hartford, CT) — The legislature’s Public Health Committee will hold a public hearing Weds. March 20 on a bill that would allow terminally ill people in Connecticut to obtain a prescription to self administer for a safe and humane death.
The bill, H.B. No. 6645 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING COMPASSIONATE AID IN DYING FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS, was raised by the committee in January. The legislature has considered similar bills in past years, but Wednesday will mark the first time proposed legislation has been brought to a public hearing here.
The states of Washington and Oregon have allowed aid-in-dying for more than a decade after being approved by public referendum; a court case resulted in aid-in-dying being legal in Montana.
Supporters of HB6645, including patients, doctors, nurses, and clergy, are expected to testify starting at 10:30 am.

WHAT: Public hearing on HB6645 – Compassionate Aid-in-Dying for Terminally Ill Patients

WHO: Legislature’s Public Health Committee

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 – 10:30 am

WHERE: Room 1D, Legislative Office Building