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Current Status

The Connecticut General Assembly is not considering an aid in dying bill at this time.

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Endorsements

In February 2019, the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) changed its position on aid-in-dying legislation from opposed to that of engaged neutrality.

The CSMS is committed to protecting its members’ freedom to decide what medical aid-in-dying options to provide to patients in accordance with each physician’s personally held values, beliefs and ethical standards, including the decision whether or not to write a prescription for a lethal dose of medication, if legalized in Connecticut.

—Connecticut State Medical Society

History

2020

A death with dignity bill was introduced, but did not advance.

2019

A death with dignity bill was introduced, but did not advance.

2018

A death with dignity bill was introduced, but did not advance.

Pre-2018

The first attempts to pass physician-assisted dying bills in Connecticut took place in 1995 (HB 6928, SB 334) and 1997 (HB 6083), at the time Oregon was considering its own Death with Dignity Act.

After Washington passed the second Death with Dignity statute in the nation in 2008, the issue returned to the Connecticut legislature in 2009 (SB 1138).

Bills considered in the subsequent years received Committee hearings but were not put up for a vote: