There's growing conversation in the Connecticut Legislature about making it legal for a doctor to prescribe drugs to end a patient's life. Take a minute to learn more about this critical issue and use this site to urge your representatives to do the same.
Dr. Joe Andrews - Hospice and Palliative Care
Cathy Ludlum - Manchester Resident
Dr. Joe Andrews - The palliative team and process
Dr. Matthew Kenney - Ethicist
Lorraine Zuwallack - Registered Nurse
Joseph-Stango - Founder of Dora's Hope
What is physician-assisted suicide?
Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) occurs when a doctor writes a prescription for a drug that will end the life of a patient. The patient then must have the prescription filled at a pharmacy and self-administer the drug, which in most cases occurs at home.
Palliative care is the comprehensive care of a person with a life threatening illness. It incorporates expert management of pain and other distressing symptoms, and also includes psychosocial and spiritual care according to the needs, values, beliefs and culture of a patient and his/her family.
The Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly is considering legislation legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut.
Contact your State Senator and Representative
It is imperative that your elected officials hear from you concerning this critical health care issue. Send your State Senator and Representative an email by clicking on the link below, and urge them to oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide.
Physicians. Nurses. Hospitals. Health advocates. Human rights groups. State offices. Your friends and neighbors. See who else opposes physician-assisted suicide.
People with dementia and other mental illnesses should be included - At an event held in October, 2014, in Hartford, Connecticut, the President of Compassion & Choices, Barbara Coombs Lee, stated that people with dementia and cognitive declines would be excluded from the proposed legislation. However, she then added “It is an issue for another day but is no less compelling.” - CT News Junkie, October 10, 2014