Conn. lawmakers revisit assisted suicide issue

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are revisiting legislation that would allow physicians to prescribe medication to help mentally competent, terminally ill patients end their lives.

Both opponents and proponents of the issue claim they’re being outgunned by the other side during this legislative session.

The socially conservative Family Institute of Connecticut has sent out fundraising messages to supporters, claiming proponents of the legislation have deep pockets, spending thousands of dollars on advertising and lobbying.

But the state director of the national advocacy group Compassion and Choices says there appears to be multiple groups battling this year’s bill at the state Capitol, including the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference.

On Friday, the legislature’s Public Health Committee raised a bill for consideration that would legalize aid-in-dying. A public hearing will likely be held in March.

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