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Governor “Reserving Judgement” On Suicide Bill

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Governor Dannel Malloy, Feb. 6, 2014 (Courtesy CT-N)

Governor Dannel Malloy, Feb. 6, 2014 (Courtesy CT-N)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel Malloy says he wants to see the final language of a bill that would allow physicians in Connecticut to prescribe medication to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

Malloy says he supports people having a document that spells out their final wishes, but he’s “a little uneasy” when it comes to enacting state policy that calls for “proactive actions to end life.”

The General Assembly’s Public Health Committee has scheduled a hearing on Monday to discuss this year’s legislation, which advocates call “aid in dying” and opponents consider “assisted suicide.”

Malloy said he doesn’t believe society should be viewed as encouraging suicide and wants to understand the safeguards included in the proposed legislation. It’s unclear whether a bill will reach Malloy’s desk this year.

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