Volume 39, Issue 4
A bill drafted by the Public Health Committee to legalize assisted suicide called “Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients” (HB 6645) was heard in a public hearing on March 20th. The bill died in committee on Friday, April 5th when the bill was placed on the committee’s agenda, but never brought up for a vote. That was the committee’s deadline to vote bills out of committee. Though the bill could come up again this session as an amendment to another bill, supporters of the bill gave no indication that they intend to make that happen. Since they couldn’t get the votes they needed out of the very liberal and supportive Public Health Committee, it is doubtful the bill would fare any better in the House or Senate. Instead they promised to bring the bill up again next year.
Assisted suicide is when a person provides the means and/or information for another person to commit suicide. When a physician is involved, it is physician-assisted suicide (PAS).
Devalue life and reduce opposition to suicide. In Oregon, since PAS became legal, suicide rates have risen. Connecticut in 2008 and 2009 already had the second highest rate of suicide attempts in the nation among people 18 and older, the rate has been rising for the last five years, and is at a 20 year high. We should value life and seek ways to prevent suicide, not encourage it.
Physicians should “Do no harm.” How can patients trust their physicians if the physicians sometimes prescribe death as health care? One Oregon woman asked for authorization for medical treatment. Instead, she received a kit with instructions for PAS. Suicide is not health care.
Oregon’s experience indicates most people do not seek PAS because of pain. Pain can be relieved. Many people seeking PAS are depressed. Depression can be and should be treated.
PAS could lead to elder abuse by an heir or someone else who would benefit from the patient’s death. People with disabilities would be threatened by judgments on their “quality of life.”
Legalizing PAS would imply that it is ok to kill yourself if you are in a certain category (i.e. – in this bill – the terminally ill), leading to others pressuring patients to die, then implying you have a duty to die, and finally, as in the Netherlands, killing patients against their will by euthanasia.
Sen. Michael McLachlan (R-24 – Danbury) introduced Penalty for Assisted Suicide (PAS) (SB 229) to make PAS a Class A felony (bill referred to Judiciary Committee).
40 Days for Life
This years 40 Days for Life in Bridgeport was full of surprises. We were hit with a record breaking blizzard, very cold weather, and a visit from the founder of the International 40 Days for Life.
And then one of the most unusual occurrences we’ve ever heard of — a pro-lifer was asked to escort a Spanish speaking woman into the clinic to translate for her. That woman left the clinic and apparently did not return for an abortion!
THREE children were saved this year. These are ‘confirmed’ saves where we have follow-up information that the Mother has changed her mind.
CRLC Thanks everyone who participated this year and hopes many more will sacrifice one hour of their time this Fall when the 40 Days for Life vigil will be held in Hartford.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 – Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Still time to call Janet Sayles at 203 878 4097 to make reservations
Paul Rondeau, Exec. Director of American Life League
Former New Hampshire State Rep. Nancy Elliott
Michael Culhane, Exec. Director of the Catholic Public Affairs Conference
Workshops featuring representatives from several
Connecticut Pregnancy Care centers
Donnita Young—ABC Womens Center in Middletown
Mary McNamara–Birthright CT
Ellen Cavallo–Carolyn’s Place in Waterbury
Vendor tables available
20 – CRLC Convention – Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
23 – Mass of Remembrance, St. Ann’s Church, Bristol – 5:30 PM – in memory of children who died from violence, accident, disease, stillbirth, miscarriage or abortion
27 – Annual Walk for Life – Mary and Joseph’s Place, Hamden, starts at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Mass 8 AM, registration 8:30 AM
3-5 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat (call Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry for details)
9 – ABC Women’s Center – Annual Banquet– keynote – Lila Rose, Crown Plaza, Cromwell
19 – St. Gerard’s Center for Life, Mothers’ Day Banquet/Holy Hour – Holy Apostles Seminary
6-23 Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe – pilgrimage to each CT abortion clinic
27 – Family Institute of CT – Annual Banquet – keynote: author Eric Metaxis – Stamford Marriott
27-29 – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat (call Archdiocese of Hartford Pro-Life Ministry for details)
27-29 – 40 Days for Life begins – Hartford/Norwich
6 – Respect Life Mass – St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, 11 AM
Ask your State Representative and Senator to:
SB229 –Penalty for Assisted Suicide – Introduced by Senator Michael McLachlan
Bills concerning Parental Notification for minors seeking abortions:
HB 5296-Introduced by Rep. Rob Sampson (R-80 of Wolcott)
HB 5245-Introduced by Rep. Al Adinolfi (R-103 of Cheshire)
HB 6521 Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) like Living Wills; these can be abused, as people indicate what treatment they do or do not want, under circumstances that they cannot foresee.
State Contact Info:
House: 1 800 842 1423
Senate: 1 800 842 1421
House 1 800 842 8267
Senate 1 800 842 1420