Bill allowing doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication dies in committee


Despite fresh optimism at the Capitol and a change of heart by the state’s medical society, leaders of the legislature’s Public Health Committee could not muster enough support Monday to advance a controversial measure allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients…

“This is as close as we’ve ever gotten,” said Steinberg, D-Westport. “You could argue it was nip and tuck for a while. But we didn’t have the votes.”

He declined to say how many votes short the committee was of a favorable action.

The bill’s chances of success next year also are low, Steinberg said, since several members are holding firm in their opposition.

“Modifying the bill in and of itself would not necessarily change any votes. So I think we would probably be looking to a new legislature,” he said.

“We lobbied very hard,” Steinberg said. “I don’t think I’ve ever used as much powers of persuasion to try to convince some members of my own caucus who I needed to win over…

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