The Connecticut General Assembly is expected to consider legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide during the 2024 legislative session.
YOUR VOICES HELPED STOP LEGALIZATION OF PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE FOR OVER A DECADE. YOUR VOICES WILL BE NEEDED AGAIN IN 2024.
Explore this website to learn more on the issue and then click here to send an email to your State Senator and Representative asking them to oppose physician-assisted suicide.
In November of 2023, The American Medical Association (AMA) rejected an effort to change the group’s stand against physician-assisted suicide at a meeting in Maryland. This follows a previous effort in 2018 which also met with defeat.
AMA leaders voted down two resolutions that would have eliminated the AMA's current opposition to the practice. The first resolution would have switched the organization to a position of support for physician-assisted suicide. The second resolution would have the AMA switch to a neutral position.
The current AMA code states,
“Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks. Instead of engaging in assisted suicide, physicians must aggressively respond to the needs of patients at the end of life.”
The resolutions also would have changed the official terminology used by the AMA from "physician-assisted suicide" to "Medical Aid in Dying" (MAID). The AMA feels that the term physician-assisted suicide is a more accurate description of the deadly and unethical practice.
Stephanie Packard, a California resident, wife, and mother of four children, had outlived her medical death sentence, and was still fighting to live and spend time with her family.
Her doctors suggested that switching to another chemotherapy drug might buy her time. Her medical insurance company refused to pay. She says she asked if the company covered the cost of drugs to put her to death. She was told the answer is yes — with a co-payment of $1.20.
Insurance company offerings included lethal medication, but not life extending treatment. This is how it works. Lethal medication will always make the approved drug list, and insurance companies can refuse to pay for life-extending treatment.
Have you or a loved one ever been denied care because health insurance wouldn't cover the cost?
What will prevent insurance companies from denying life-saving treatments when cheap assisted suicide drugs are legal?
This is not the right direction for CT healthcare.
Allowing patients to kill themselves is not compassionate medical care. The American Medical Association strongly opposes physician-assisted suicide and views it as unethical, contrary to the role of a doctor, and a process that is open to potential abuse that can not be controlled.Read the articles below to learn the facts about assisted suicide.