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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:53 am

Senator Ed Meyer has introduced a bill “An Act Concerning Physician-Assisted Suicide,” that would allow patients with a terminal illness to take their own life through prescribed medication.

The purpose of the bill reads: To permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to take his or her life through the self-administration of prescribed medication.

Meyer stated that in the last few months he has received 6 letters from district residents asking the bill be proposed. After doing research on the topic nationally, he found 3 states that currently have an assisted suicide law: Montana, Washington and Oregon.

The main issue, according to Meyer, was that of "informed consent." His bill will require 2 separate doctors to confirm both the terminal nature of the illness, and the competency of the patient who wishes to end his or her life, prior to it legally taking place.

This 2 doctor approach will help eliminate any abuse by doctors in working with mentally ill patients.

While Meyer is expecting controversy, possibly from religious groups, there is also support for it, and the need to initiate the discussion.

It has been referred to the Judiciary Committee for discussion.

Meyer, easily one of the most aggressive legislators in Hartford when it comes to introducing bills, has proposed others as well. It is important to note that introducing a bill comes with very little information, it just initiates a place in committee. There are no arguments for or against included, and there is often very little detail when its initially introduced.

Some bills proposed by Senator Meyer:

A bill that would exempt a dog-grooming business with under $100,000 in sales from sales tax.

A bill that would create a voluntary certification process for pet groomers.

A bill that would eliminate longevity payments and eliminate overtime compensation from the pension calculation formula for state employees.

A bill that would expand the definition of the term "physically helpless", with respect to sexual assault offenses, to include a person who is unable to talk or who is severely intellectually disabled or physically disabled.

A bill that would authorize municipalities to raise revenue by alternative sources to the property tax, provided the property tax in such municipalities is commensurately reduced.

More to come.

Welcome to the discussion.

13 comments:

  • Anonymous posted at 1:54 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    Not a surprise, the opening salvo of Obama'care' promise to rein in "excessive healthcare costs in the last stage of life.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 2:27 pm on Wed, Jan 9, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    Being a Genovese crime family lawyer (which means, helping hide the bodies) and their top man to keep Yonkers firmly under family control as that was the northerly route to truck out the bodies, Meyer knows all about that terminating life thing.

    He really is a high priest of the liberal death cult.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 8:38 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    It is very obvious with your listing of the bills Meyer's put forth that you are here to do Meyer's bidding and put a soft face on a radical liberal politician.

     
  • Susan Barnes posted at 9:12 am on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Susan Barnes Posts: 583

    HOW, Anon 8:38, do arrive at such a statement because the editor LISTS the bills the Senator has submitted?

     
  • Peter Black posted at 1:51 pm on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Peter Black Posts: 142

    The assisted suicide bill is about individual autonomy, and an individual's right to control his own body. While many medical professionals quietly ease persons out of this life, others do not. My late sister was one who would have benefited immensely from the proposed law. Instead, she lingered in pain and indignity for weeks after she was ready to go.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 6:24 pm on Thu, Jan 10, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    Thank you, Senator Meyer, for sponsoring this bill. I hope you will fight to see it passed. Thank you, Peter Black, for sharing your family story. I certainly hope this law is in effect when my time comes. I really do not understand those who would deny this choice to those who like to have it. To me it seems inhumane to force someone to experience the final suffering and indignities of a terminal condition if that person does not wish to do so.

     
  • Erik Reilly posted at 1:57 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    CTStalker Posts: 4

    Why would dog grooming be exempt from tax? Seems like a luxury item to me.

     
  • Bob Schwall posted at 4:59 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2013.

    Bob Schwall Posts: 21

    Obviously you are not well versed in Dog care. Regular grooming, especially for long haired breeds, is critical to their health.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 2:15 pm on Mon, Jan 14, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    Finally, the Senator releases his Jobs Plan. More suicides; less competition for employment.

     
  • robertnh posted at 7:28 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    robertnh Posts: 2

    Well, here's another story:

    My grandmother, who always feared drowning, was dying as fluid was filling her lungs, and the nursing home refused to call for a physician because they said it was in her best interest to die.

    I called the home office of the company that owned the nursing home and threatened to sue. They fired the nursing home administrator and my grandmother lived another year without suffering.

    Some of the people who use assisted suicide laws will be like that nursing home administrator. That's a very good reason not to let open-ended laws like this to pass.

     
  • robertnh posted at 7:32 pm on Thu, Jan 24, 2013.

    robertnh Posts: 2

    Besides thinking about yourself, how about considering the elderly poor who are encouraged to consent to die. In a case before the Alaska Supreme Court, that state argued:

    "the terminally ill are a class of persons who need protection from family, social, and economic pressures, and who are often particularly vulnerable to such pressures because of chronic pain, depression, and the effects of medication."

     
  • Anonymous posted at 5:55 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    With all due respect, Meyer does not have his facts straight. It is NOT legal in three states, only two. Also, it is easy to circumvent the two-doctor requirement; nothing stops people from going "doctor shopping" until they get somebody to agree. Kate Cheney was prescribed lethal drugs by a third doctor when her primary physician and a psychiatrist (who believed her daughter was coaching her to ask) would not. Compassion and Choices has a network of doctors it recommends, which seems to me to constitute an obvious conflict of interest when the state picks up the tab.

     
  • Anonymous posted at 6:08 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Anonymous Posts: 7403

    The bill that was defeated in Massachusetts (which was based on Washington and Oregon's) would have permitted an heir or beneficiary to be involved. Apply the same principle to the signing of a will, and you get "presumption of undue influence." Gitta Morris, writing in the Guilford Patch about a Compassion & Choices informational meeting that took place Tuesday night, said "fewer restrictions will probably be written into Connecticut’s law." How do you like that!

    Wendy Melcher is another name people ought to learn. Two nurses administered a drug overdose to her, claiming she asked for it, without her doctor's knowledge. They were not prosecuted.

     

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