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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 02:07 AM

Without Vote, Aid-In-Dying Bill Expires

A bill allowing terminally ill patients the option of using medication to end their own lives failed to garner enough support in the legislature’s Judiciary Committee before a Tuesday deadline, effectively halting the proposal for the year.

This year’s bill, the most recent incarnation of a proposal supporters call aid-in-dying, would have allowed certain adult patients with terminal illnesses to self-administer a lethal dose of a medication. The bill successfully passed out of the Public Health Committee in March but was referred to the Judiciary Committee where it stalled this week.

Sen. Gary Winfield, a longtime proponent of the bill who co-chairs the Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday the proposal did not have enough support among lawmakers on the panel to pass.

“We weren’t close,” he said. After a head count, proponents still found themselves about six votes short of enough for passage, he said.

Read more: https://ctnewsjunkie.com/2021/04/21/without-vote-aid-in-dying-bill-expires/

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