CT advocates resume push for assisted dying bill

HARTFORD — The battle over the availability of deadly drugs for terminally ill patients in Connecticut approached its third decade on Wednesday, as advocates launched their latest push for the so-called “aid in dying» legislation.

“Show a little mercy, it’s hard to come back,” said actor Jim Naughton of Westonwho made his fifth trip to the State Capitol to advocate for assisted death since his wife, Pamela, died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.

“I don’t know how many more years we have to keep going through this,” Naughton said. “It’s way too much.”

Efforts to legalize the use of doctor-prescribed drugs to end one’s life — which critics say amounts to a form of euthanasia — date back to at least 1994 in Connecticut. Since then, there have been at least a dozen attempts to pass legislation, none of which made it upstairs to either chamber for a vote.

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