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'Aid in dying' bill shelved by legislative committee

The so-called Aid in Dying Bill, perhaps the most controversial this legislative session, has been short circuited.  The would have allowed terminally ill patients to get a physician-authorized prescription to end their life.  Supporters say they've been told it won't be voted on by the Public Health Committee, meaning it won't be voted on this year. 

 

Tim Appleton of the group Compassion and Choices says advocates will try again.

 

Danbury State Senator Mike McLachlan was among those testifying against the bill.  He said there were no protections for the elderly against abuse.  He also claimed the bill would promote a culture of suicide in Connecticut, adding that suicide is not an acceptable solution to life's hardships.

 

But Appleton took great exception to people calling it suicide.  He explained that suicide is the desperate act of a mentally ill otherwise healthy person.  He says "aid in dying" is the measured act of a terminally ill person.