Lawmakers share personal stories about assisted suicide bill

-FILE- Connecticut State Capitol (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Past and present Connecticut legislators are sharing personal stories about how their loved ones dealt with the final days of their lives.

The emotional accounts were recalled Wednesday, as the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee considers a bill allowing physicians to prescribe medication to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

Two freshmen representatives testified together in favor of this year’s bill. Rep. Kelly Luxenberg, a Manchester Democrat, told how her father killed himself by drowning, after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for two decades. Westbrook Republican Rep. Jesse MacLachlan spoke of his mother losing her faculties after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Former Senate Minority Leader and GOP gubernatorial candidate John McKinney said his mother’s recent death persuaded him to oppose the bill, saying she made decisions about her final care.
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