Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that he would “reserve judgment’’ on the highly controversial issue of aid in dying that is pending before the state legislature.
Malloy said he is \”a little uneasy when it comes to saying that, as a matter of state policy, that we’re going to take proactive actions to end life. There is a difference, and there is a distinction.\’\’
The heavily lobbied issue will be the subject of a public hearing at the state Capitol complex on Monday, March 17.
“With respect to aid in dying or assisted suicide or whatever people want to call it, I think I’m a little more sensitive to it and reserve judgment until I see specific language,\’\’ Malloy told reporters at the state Capitol. \”I don’t think in society we should be viewed as encouraging suicide, and I would have to understand what the safeguards are with respect to that. A lot of what I’ll say and do in the future about that issue is dependent on the language which I am presented. I’ll review it on an ongoing basis and try to understand it.’’
Malloy continued, “In some senses, what I’m trying to acknowledge is I want to make sure everybody understands this discussion. I am 100 percent behind the idea that you or I should be able to execute a document that says what happens to us in the event of certain medical triggers. I then become a little uneasy when it comes to saying that, as a matter of state policy, that we’re going to take proactive actions to end life. There is a difference, and there is a distinction. I think there may be a way to thread this needle in an appropriate fashion. I think people are trying to work on doing that, and I will reserve judgment until I see that.’’