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Current Status

HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, did not come up for a vote in committee and is effectively finished for this session.

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HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill did not come up for a committee vote in the 2019 session. Connecticut residents with a terminally illness have been denied the peaceful end-of-life option the death with dignity law would have allowed. Write your Connecticut State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation!

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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

HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, did not come up for a vote in committee.

  • 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 Connecticut legislators to support death with dignity legislation

Send a Letter

Write your State Lawmakers to urge their support for death with dignity!

HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill did not come up for a committee vote in the 2019 session. Connecticut residents with a terminally illness have been denied the peaceful end-of-life option the death with dignity law would have allowed. Write your Connecticut State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation!