March 17, 2015
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to grapple with the concept of “aid-in-dying.”
“I still struggle with the issue, quite honestly,” the governor told reporters at a press conference Tuesday morning.
For the third year in a row, lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow certain terminally ill patients to seek a physician’s help in ending their lives. Malloy has cultivated an image as a decisive leader who is not prone to self-doubt, yet on this issue, he is clearly torn.
Lawmakers are set to hold a public hearing on the emotional and decisive bill on Wednesday.
“As I said last year, I think people should be able to give direction with respect to their treatment,” Malloy said. “This bill…in it’s present form, goes substantially beyond that.”
He added: “it is not my bill. I have not advocated for its passage nor am I condemning anyone who is. I’ll see what the final bill looks like if it gets to me. Last time, it didn’t get out of committee.”