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Should Connecticut allow assisted suicide? (FREEP THIS POLL)
HARTFORD COURANT ^ | Feb 3, 2014

Posted on 02/06/2014 7:57:09 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT

Should Connecticut make it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives? Advocates say that a peaceful death with the help of a doctor is preferable to a painful one from a terminal illness or an illegal one. Last year’s bill on this issue resulted in the first legislative public hearing on the topic, according to CT News Junkie, but never passed out of the Public Health Committee. Oregon and Washington have laws allowing assisted suicide. But proposals for a similar law here have faced opposition from doctors in the state, from Catholic archdioceses and from disability advocates. What’s your view?


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: assistedsuicide; connecticut; ct; suicide
JOIN the fight against Physician Assisted Suicide in CT. With Gov. Malloy facing possible defeat in NOV, advocates have 3 months to push their suicide bill through the state legislature.
1 posted on 02/06/2014 7:57:09 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Only for lawyers, politicians and Obamacare Navigators.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 7:58:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT
If they did, a bunch of very Liberal CT residents would kill themselves ...

... but they'd still vote Democrat, so I see no upside.

3 posted on 02/06/2014 7:59:19 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; 2ndDivisionVet

YES, 2nd the motion for all dirtbags in Post #2!


4 posted on 02/06/2014 8:00:50 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Biggirl

Ping to cleaning-up the state...


5 posted on 02/06/2014 8:01:54 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; xzins; blue-duncan
Since 30% of all gun deaths are suicides, I think Connecticut should loosen their gun laws if they want to allow people to commit suicide.

These suicidal people should be given better access to the most efficient and effective way of doing themselves in.

6 posted on 02/06/2014 8:02:34 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/right-to-die-activists-call-on-legislature-to-revist-issue/
After right-to-die legislation was defeated in the General Assembly last year, advocates, hoping they will have another shot at the issue in the upcoming session, held a press conference Wednesday to call for new laws that would allow terminally ill patients to choose physician-assisted death.

“Looking at the trajectory of this disease can sometimes fill me with sadness and fear,” said Sara Meyers, a Connecticut resident who was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

But while the legislation has some vocal supporters, including Representative Betsy Ritter (D-Waterford), who hosted the press conference, the moral and ethical questions that it raises for some – as well as the implications of what it could lead to in practice – drew controversy in the legislature last year.

“ I am worried that this law, if passed, would open the door for undue influence of the elderly and disabled by allowing those around them to influence their decision to commit suicide for their own gain,” Sen. John Kissel (R-Enfield).

Here, Peter Wolfgang, president of the Family Institute of Connecticut, explains why his organization opposes the legislation.


7 posted on 02/06/2014 8:03:17 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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http://www.ctfamily.org/

http://www.ctfamily.org/news.htm
http://www.ctfamily.org/crosshairs.html


8 posted on 02/06/2014 8:06:13 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Start with the Legislature, make it manditory! And then with the Governor...make it manditory! Add as many more needed to restore this state to Republic status.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 8:07:44 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yes. You’re probably right.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 8:09:32 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I know he’s not from CT, but I would gladly assist Joe Biden anyway.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 8:14:22 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Isn’t one of Obama’s Social Security Numbers from Connecticut? Is what I’m thinking stretching the spirit of the proposed law?


12 posted on 02/06/2014 8:20:59 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

On the plus side, it might help turn Connecticut red.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 8:22:03 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Onlyn for their lib politicians and criminals, but I repeat myself.


14 posted on 02/06/2014 8:22:25 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

This has NOTHING to with “compassion” or “death with dignity”!

This is about:

-Bastardizing the Medical Profession,
-Selfish family members who just want “their problem” to go away.

The individuals who contend, “Well I don’t want to ......”, simply do NOT know until they get there. And even then, have no business imposing on medical professionals to act against their oath.


15 posted on 02/06/2014 8:24:50 PM PST by G Larry
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To: campaignPete R-CT

yes as long as they take a couple of people from massachusetts with them


16 posted on 02/06/2014 8:24:59 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: G Larry

http://www.ctfamily.org/news.htm

“Though FIC Action and our allies crushed assisted suicide at the state Capitol just last year—and it is the exact same legislature convening today—the George Soros-funded pro-assisted suicide group is using its great wealth to force our overburdened state government to take up the issue again in the 2014 “short session.” Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey has practically guaranteed that there will be another public hearing this year on assisted suicide.

We have to respond. We have to contact out legislators now and ask them to again oppose assisted suicide.

FIC Action does not support keeping a patient alive by extraordinary means against that patient’s will. We support true aid-in-dying, which is hospice care. What we oppose is licensing doctors to proscribe lethal drugs for the purpose of taking a human life, proscribing suicide as a treatment.

And we are not alone. The Connecticut Hospice Association, Connecticut Medical Association, disability rights advocates and many on the political Left joined FIC Action last year in opposing assisted suicide because it is bad public policy that puts vulnerable populations at risk. We can find alternatives for easing pain without passing a law that could put pressure on the elderly and people with disabilities to feel that they are a burden and should end their lives.

The societal implications of legalizing assisted suicide are staggering. Government and doctors would be endorsing suicide. One Connecticut legislator at the “Compassion and Choices” press conference last year admitted under questioning that once this first bill is passed, they could come back for a second bill to allow the mentally incompetent to take their own lives. In Belgium, a law to euthanize children is moving forward. In Oregon, patients desiring treatment under the Oregon Health Plan have been offered assisted suicide instead.

We cannot let this happen in Connecticut. FIC Action needs your help to stop the assisted suicide bill. Here are three ways that you can fight back”


17 posted on 02/06/2014 8:41:32 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

ANYONE can commit suicide simply by stopping food intake. It doesn’t take long.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 8:45:11 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: campaignPete R-CT
That is a hard one in some ways.

Considering how the Northeast as a whole has been so instrumental in electing liberal politicians to bedevil the country for decades now, maybe encouraging then in thinning the population should be considered?

I know it is ethically and morally wrong, but I also look at the damage the NE has done.

No doubt unintended consequences would crop up and the only ones being euthanized would be the few remaining conservatives. The liberals would see to that, no doubt.

19 posted on 02/06/2014 9:09:58 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: cloudmountain
ANYONE can commit suicide simply by stopping food intake. It doesn’t take long.

It can take months. Bears do it every year. Whales do it too.

20 posted on 02/06/2014 9:11:50 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

If they do, it will be mostly dimmacrats that are affected.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 9:31:07 PM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Yes but only of leftist! Otoh only leftist would see it as an option to start out with. One way to turn the state red!


22 posted on 02/06/2014 9:58:42 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

No, but Maryland should for all Rats!


23 posted on 02/06/2014 10:10:05 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: P-Marlowe
Since 30% of all gun deaths are suicides, I think Connecticut should loosen their gun laws if they want to allow people to commit suicide.

Too bad, my FRiend, you don't understand socialists. They don't want YOU to kill you. They take a real delight in THEM killing you. And they really want the RIGHT to do so. At first, seemingly with approval, but eventually, at whim.

24 posted on 02/07/2014 3:44:05 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: P-Marlowe; campaignPete R-CT; xzins; blue-duncan
“These suicidal people should be given better access to the most efficient and effective way of doing themselves in.”

But we only have 2 more State of the Union addresses by Obama. After that what are we going to do? I guess we can have reruns of Malloy’s speeches but that would be tantamount to cruel and unusual punishment.....well, maybe not unusual though here in Connecticut.

25 posted on 02/07/2014 6:51:54 AM PST by blue-duncan
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To: cloudmountain

And is more common then we care to admit. Have you tastes the institutional food in the nursing homes?


26 posted on 02/07/2014 6:58:30 AM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: P-Marlowe
ANYONE can commit suicide simply by stopping food intake. It doesn’t take long.
It can take months. Bears do it every year. Whales do it too.

Bears and whales, I hear, have ENORMOUS stores of fat. Humans don't. Beside, that is part of the bear and whale feeding cycle. It's built into their instinct and cycle of life, isn't it? Bears also SLEEP away the months. They don't NEED so much food for that activity.

It takes an older human (90+ years old) about one month to die when s/he eschews food and only takes liquid. Even if the liquid is all that supplemental stuff to take in lieu of food it's not enough. Of course, one can't predict the EXACT amount of time because so much depends on that person's general health and stamina...and her Maker's will.

27 posted on 02/08/2014 10:14:30 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain
Bears and whales, I hear, have ENORMOUS stores of fat. Humans don't.

You haven't been to Wal Mart lately, have you?

28 posted on 02/08/2014 11:56:31 AM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: P-Marlowe
Bears and whales, I hear, have ENORMOUS stores of fat. Humans don't.
You haven't been to Wal Mart lately, have you?

Hahaha! I walked into THAT one. Heeheehee, mixed with an "ICKY face" and a rather large EEEWWWWWW!!

GOOD one.

29 posted on 02/08/2014 3:56:21 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: Impy; PhilCollins; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

Memo to: all political strategerists:

CT is in middle of final fight over suicide and the opposition forces have done the usual:

1. Sent an appeal to their supporters to contact their state legislators
1-x. response: These appeals are largely ignored and even when letters are sent, no response from the legislators

2. I know of a group that plastered church parking lots on SUN.
2-x response: Caused a bit of a dust-up, but no flurry of letters to the legislators.

3. the Churches will send out their usual diplomatic opposition ... without naming names and with no teeth.

3-x Response: Instead of “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The tactic is “Name no targets, be gracious to all, keep it general, and do not be polarizing.”

We are resorting to: meeting as a group, pre-writing letters (mostly handwritten, some typed) and doing a “letter drive after Church” ... people sign their name and address to an already written letter as they leave church.

This is much work. Not only is it very tedious, but following the letters, group must then do envelopes for each letter with address hand addressed with Return address.

This approach avoids the “all letters look identical” problem by using different envelopes, different stationery, different stamps, different handwriting.

The dreaded 50,000 scary generic Catholic postcards is thus avoided.

Bottom line: Problem ONE: since legislators do not respond to these things we cannot really tell who is genuinely undecided. And TWO if we plaster an area with a flyer informing voters that their Rep is pro-suicide ... it’s not effective as almost all will not respond with a letter. And if letters are the only effective techniquie, Letters have to be solicited individually. Any other incites?


30 posted on 02/18/2014 2:03:00 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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insights on incites ?


31 posted on 02/18/2014 8:40:43 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I would have protesters throw pig’s blood at pro-murder legislators.


32 posted on 02/18/2014 9:42:48 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

the Baptist protesters tell me that pig’s blood is not kosher. Can they use chicken innerds?


33 posted on 02/19/2014 4:52:31 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

As long as they are foul-smelling.


34 posted on 02/19/2014 9:37:05 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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