Connecticut’s assisted suicide issue is not going away

On Oct. 5, 2015, California became the fifth state to pass the law to legalize assisted suicide. This has been in the news recently when 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who had terminal brain cancer, chose to go to Oregon and die.  Oregon is one of the states that has legal physician assisted suicide.  The question of assisted suicide is becoming more relevant as the population in the United States ages. Connecticut has fallen behind with getting this law passed in the legislature.

Opposition to aid in dying in Connecticut is an exercise in speculation

I would like to respond to the article titled “Physician-assisted suicide is not a choice issue,” which appeared in the March 25 edition of CT Mirror and was written by Lisa Blumberg. In simplest terms, her letter denounces aid in dying, which is immediately evidence by her use of the term “physician-assisted suicide.” Death with dignity is a sensible death; suicide, as we normally think of it, is a senseless death. I strongly support aid in dying (also referred to as death with dignity) because I believe that it is a person’s right and that in well-defined circumstances, it is a compassionate and helpful option.