Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday that he remains undecided about a bill that would permit physician-assisted suicide for patients with less than six months to live.
“It’s an issue that’s fraught with fears, represents taboos both religious and societal,” Malloy said at an afternoon press conference at the state Capitol. “It also raises very substantial questions the ability of one to control their own destiny.”
While the governor said he has “done a fair amount of reading and reflecting on some of the statutes that exist in other states, in other places,” he has yet to reach a conclusion on the bill in Connecticut.
Malloy called the issue “very complex and difficult” and mentioned his mother’s end-of-life journey in his response to a reporter’s question about his stance on the issue.
House Bill 6645 would allow physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication that a mentally competent, terminally ill adult could self-administer to end his or her life. The measure is currently pending before the legislature’s public health committee.
Malloy invoked his mother, Agnes Malloy, who was nurse “and certainly understood an appropriate role for a doctor to play with respect to end of life decisions and care.”