Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to struggle with controversial legislation that would permit certain terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal dose of medication from their physician.
\”It\’s a very tricky issue,\’\’ Malloy told reporters Wednesday in response to a question from Hugh McQuaid of CTNews Junkie.
Malloy expressed support for a bill that would implement the state department of public health\’s recommendations establishing a pilot program to implement the use of medical orders for life-sustaining treatment.
\”There are actually a couple of proposals. In the legislature, and I’m not sure how clear some folks are about what bills they actually support,” he said.
One proposal, Raised Bill 413, would allow for “a cut-off of [medical] services” under certain circumstances. “I support that legislation, and I think the people of Connecticut overwhelmingly support that legislation,” the governor said.
But when asked about House Bill 5326, Malloy said more conflicted. \”A lot depends on the language of that legislation,\’\’ he said.
“If it’s more like a directive bill as opposed to an assisted suicide bill, then I think it’s going to pass,” he said. “If it’s an assisted suicide bill, I think it’s going to get some opposition. I know there’s opposition to it. I’ll work with folks to make sure that we craft the best bill possible that will, I think, give the citizens of our state the most say over their treatment and what treatment [needs] to be taken or undertaken to prolong life” and under what conditions that treatment would be undertaken.
The public health committee is slated to hold a hearing on House Bill 5326 on Monday.
A similar bill was proposed last year, but failed to win a vote on the committee. At that time, Malloy also struggled with the idea. \”It’s an issue that’s fraught with fears, represents taboos both religious and societal,” Malloy said in March, 2013. “It also raises very substantial questions the ability of one to control their own destiny.”
–With reporting by Courant Staff Writer Bill Weir