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Connecticut State Representative Jonathan Steinbert (D-Westport) introduced HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, on January 23, 2019. The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health where it was heard on March 18, 2019.

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Write your Connecticut State Legislators to urge their support for the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act!

The Connecticut General Assembly is considering HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, sponsored by Representative Jonathan Steinbert (D-Westport). The bill 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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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

2018

HB 5417, An Act Concerning End-of-Life Care, an assisted dying bill, was raised in the Connecticut General Assembly on March 2, 2018, and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health. A hearing on the bill took place on March 20, 2018. The bill 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, 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 the Aid in Dying Act

Send a Letter

Write your Connecticut State Legislators to urge their support for the Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Act!

The Connecticut General Assembly is considering HB 5898, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, sponsored by Representative Jonathan Steinbert (D-Westport). The bill 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.