HB 5420, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients, was introduced for the 2020 Connecticut legislative session, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislature ended early on April 21 without further action on this bill.

In 2020, we continue to grow our grassroots supporter base with events across the state that educate and empower Connecticut residents to chart their own end-of-life journey.

Compassion & Choices is working to expand physician involvement by adding to the list of Connecticut doctors who support medical aid in dying. Compassion & Choices is looking to pass municipal resolutions in favor of increased end-of-life options. To extend our efforts, Compassion & Choices has mounted an intensive grassroots campaign aimed at identifying and mobilizing supporters across the state.

As a volunteer with Compassion & Choices, you’ll join thousands of dedicated supporters who want to transform the medical systems in this country and give people the options they want and deserve to chart their own end-of-life journey. Compassion & Choices is dedicated to improving care and expanding options at the end of life. Volunteers work diligently to build grassroots support for end-of-life liberty.

Action Teams are a critical part of Compassion & Choices. They bring together and train other volunteers in their area to coordinate outreach efforts to local officials and educate communities and health professionals. If you’re interested in starting an Action Team in your town or city, please click here.

History

A Connecticut aid-in-dying bill (HB 5898) failed to make it out of committee during an April 1, 2019 Joint Public Health Committee hearing. The legislation failed to make it out of committee despite the strong grassroots support of Connecticut residents. In 2020, we continue to grow our grassroots supporter base with events across the state that educate and empower residents of Connecticut to chart their own end-of-life journey.

On January 25, 2019 a Connecticut medical aid-in-dying bill (HB 5898)  was introduced by Rep. John Steinberg. At a March 18 Joint Public Health Committee hearing, many Compassion & Choices supporters presented strong, substantive and supportive testimony including powerful personal testimony from advocates like Sharon Hines and award-winning actor, James Naughton. Sharon is a Middletown resident and oncology nurse practitioner living with stage IV lung cancer who sought this end-of-life option for herself.

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