[Excerpt from editorial]
Whether such a bill, if it came to the floor, would be approved by the Connecticut legislature is an open question, as is whether Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sign it into law. But legislators ought to give it a chance. Poll after poll shows that most Americans want end-of life decisions to be made by themselves, not by the government.
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By Donald Bain, Wednesday, February 5, 2014
IN EACH of the 43 “Murder, She Wrote” novels I’ve written, based on the popular TV show of the same name, a murder is committed. Someone in the prime of life is denied many years of fulfillment and happiness. Toward the end of each book, the murderer is identified through the fictitious Jessica Fletcher’s sleuthing, and justice is served, as it should be.
But then there’s the case in Pennsylvania of Barbara Mancini, an exemplary woman, wife, mother of two teenage children, devoted daughter and nurse who is in serious legal trouble because of an overzealous state attorney general.
She is facing up to a 10-year prison sentence if she is wrongfully convicted for “assisting suicide” for allegedly handing her 93-year old father, Joseph Yourshaw – suffering debilitating pain from end-stage diabetes, heart and cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and arthritis – his partially filled bottle of legally prescribed morphine to help ease his pain in his final days.
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On January 14, 2014, Tim Appleton, State Director for C&C Connecticut said:
“We are extremely pleased with the court’s decision to allow physicians and individuals options for aid in dying when terminally ill. The New Mexico court ruling is part of the national momentum moving choice at the end of life forward, one state at a time. Last summer, Vermont passed a comprehensive law legalizing aid in dying and Massachusetts recently introduced a bill. This ruling now provides further support and legal standing to advance this issue forward in Connecticut.“
To read more about this news, click on the Associated Press story: New Mexico Right To Die Case: Ruling Will Allow Doctors To Help Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives. “New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled Monday, Jan 13, 2014, that the ability of competent, terminally ill patients to choose aid in dying is a fundamental right under the state Constitution.”
Click here to read the Press Release on the ruling from Compassion & Choices.
Compassion & Choices is a national nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate. www.compassionandchoices.org