Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Great news: Connecticut assisted suicide bill dies.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Cathy Ludlum
Connecticut assisted suicide Bill HB 6425 died today. It dies along with the other previous bills that have been debated every year since 2013. 

Other than reading articles from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition or other similar groups, you will not hear about the death of the Connecticut bill.

Connecticut remains a special place with the disability rights group, Second Thoughts Connecticut, the Family Institute of Connecticut, and several other groups, who may disagree on many issues but can work together to oppose assisted suicide.

Stephen Mendelsohn (Center)
I have always been impressed by Stephen Mendelsohn and Cathy Ludlum, from Second Thoughts Connecticut, for opposing assisted suicide with clarity.

Similar to other states, the media is silent when assisted suicide bills die, but when an assisted suicide passes, the media acts as if legalizing assisted suicide is inevitable. The prime example is the assisted suicide expansion bill in Washington State that was promoted as necessary and inevitable and yet it quietly died in the Senate.

Similar to previous years, in 2021 nearly every assisted suicide bill has been defeated or it lacked enough support to get out of committee or receive a final vote.

Congratulations to all those who successfully stopped HB 6425. I hope that you will not have to face a similar bill in 2022. Stopping assisted suicide bills 9 years in a row should be enough.

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