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St. Sen. Ed Meyer: Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill To Fail

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - It looks like Connecticut won’t become the fourth state in the country to allow assisted suicide, at least not this year.

St. Sen. Ed Meyer, who proposed the bill, told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that it is unlikely to make it out of committee.

“The committee chairwoman told me that it’s gonna miss by just two or three votes,” he said.

The bill is controversial, admitted Meyer, but he said many people suffering at the end of life want the option. He said he knows that in states where assisted suicide is legal, many seriously ailing people opt for the prescription simply because just having it at hand can be a comfort in itself.

Gov. Dan Malloy said last month he is undecided about whether to support the proposal, which he said is fraught with religious and societal taboos.

Oregon, Washington, and Montana already have physician assisted suicide.

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