Physician-Assisted Suicide

Let's learn more before we leap to a decision.

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


Questions

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.

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Palliative Care

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.

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The Real Impact

 
Regarding slippery slope read:     “We should think twice about ‘death with dignity'”
More on the potential for abuse read:     “Some Oregon Assisted Suicide Abuses and Complications”

What Can You Do?

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.

http://www.votervoice.net/CTCC/Address


 

PAS Opponents

Physicians. Nurses. Hospitals. Health advocates. Human rights groups. State offices. Your friends and neighbors. See who else opposes physician-assisted suicide.

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Articles

"The Unexpected Benefits Of Palliative Care"

A Palliative Care Doctor in California reflects on efforts to adopt physician-assisted suicide - “We should think twice about ‘death with dignity"

Words from a person who had ALS
 “How Assisted Suicide Advocacy Hurts the Sick”  

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

Suicide for the non- terminally ill - Compassion & Choices publication “VSED Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking” is a how-to suicide manual for non-terminally ill people on how to end their lives through self imposed starvation.

“Some Oregon Assisted Suicide Abuses and Complications” - Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

Does legalizing suicide in any form make it more socially acceptable as a means for dealing with the difficulties of life?” “Report: Oregon’s suicide rate higher than nation’s”
(Oregonian — May 2, 2013)