By PAUL BLUESTEIN
To the Editor:
On Friday, March 5, 2021, for the first time in 14 attempts spanning a quarter century, the Public Health Committee, by a vote of 24 to 9, moved bill HB6425, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying, to the floor of the House of Representatives.
This action was not only long overdue, but in full accord with the desires of 70% of the general public and the majority of the medical community in our state.
This is not a political issue. We are all going to die regardless of which party we belong to or what religion we do, or don’t practice. This is a human issue concerning what should be a basic human right - a full range of choices about our end of life care. I respect religious and secular values that might bring good people to different conclusions. What I do not accept is that the state should be able to keep people from having the right to follow their own conscience at the end of life.
President John F. Kennedy said, “Let each nation choose its own future, so long as that choice does not interfere with the choices of others.”
Supporting this legislation allows one of the most important health care decisions to be made by patients and their families in consultation with their own doctors.
I urge all members of the House and Senate to support this proposal and move Connecticut one step closer to joining California, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, Montana, Hawaii, Maine, Colorado, Vermont and Washington D.C. in allowing medical aid to end suffering.
Paul Bluestein, MD, FACOG