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Current Status

The Connecticut state legislature is again considering a death with dignity bill in 2020.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Connecticut legislature postponed all of its hearings, and the bill will likely not advance.

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Tell your State Legislators to support HB 5420, the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients Act

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Write your State Representative and Senator to urge their support for the bill

HB 5420, the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients Act, is under consideration in the Connecticut legislature. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, such legislation would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Connecticut to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.

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HB 5420

Endorsements

The Connecticut Medical Society (CSMS) in February 2019 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 Medical Society

History

2019

A death with dignity bill did not come up for a vote in committee and did not advance.

HB 5898

  • Full text of HB 5898 (2019)
  • Legislative history of HB 5898
  • Introduced on January 23, 2019
  • Sponsor: Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinbert (D-Westport)
  • Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health
  • Heard in Committee on March 18
  • At both March 29 and April 1 Committee hearings, the bill was held (not put up for a vote), which effectively ended its progress this session.

2018

HB 5417, An Act Concerning End-of-Life Care did not advance out of committee.

  • Introduced on March 2, 2018.
  • Sponsors: Connecticut State Representatives Michael D’Agostino, Josh Elliott, Andrew M. Fleischmann, Joseph P. Gresko, John “Jack” F. Hennessy
  • Referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health.
  • Heard in Committee on March 20, 2018.
  • The bill did not come up for a vote.

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, 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:

Take Action

Tell your State Legislators to support HB 5420, the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients Act

Send a Letter ›

Write your State Representative and Senator to urge their support for the bill

HB 5420, the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients Act, is under consideration in the Connecticut legislature. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, such legislation would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Connecticut to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.