Ask Connecticut lawmakers to support medical aid in dying legislation
The Joint Committee on Public Health has introduced H.B. 6425, "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients," authorizing medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults. This compassionate option will be made available for mentally sound adults who have less than six months to live, and have consulted with at least two physicians.
This bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health for a hearing, but needs your support to move forward.
Will you write to your local legislator to ask them to support H.B. 6425? If you have a personal connection to the issue of medical aid in dying, we encourage you to share your story and how you would be impacted by the passage of H.B. 6425.
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Dear [elected official],
I am writing today to ask you to sign onto H.B. 6425, "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients", legislation authorizing medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients. Connecticut residents deserve to be empowered to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities, and beliefs. Nine other states plus the District of Columbia have laws allowing for this compassionate option.
H.B. 6425 provides protections for both the patient and the health care provider. It is completely optional; no one can be forced to use it, and at least two doctors must be consulted. The option is only available to an adult who has six months or less to live, is able to make an informed health care decision and is able to take the medication themselves.
I urge you to learn more about medical aid in dying, which is available to 22% of Americans. This bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health, but needs additional support for further action to be taken. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the vulnerabilities in our healthcare system, and this is one way to ensure every person in Connecticut can choose a peaceful end of life on their own terms.
Will you sign onto the H.B. 6425? I look forward to your reply.
[Your name here]