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No vote planned for Connecticut bill allowing aid in dying

April 2, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates for legislation allowing terminally ill adult patients to receive medical aid in dying say it’s only a matter of time before Connecticut has such a law on the books.

Tim Appleton, Connecticut director of Compassion and Choices, predicted Tuesday the bill will become law “someday soon.” His organization advocates for aid-in-dying legislation across the U.S.

Appleton’s comments come a day after Democratic Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, co-chairman of the legislature’s Public Health Committee, said there aren’t enough votes to advance the bill out of committee before a Wednesday deadline. A supporter of the legislation, Steinberg says “this is as close as we’ve ever gotten.”

Opponents say they believe the bill died because of strong arguments against the legislation, such as how the law could harm the state’s most vulnerable citizens.