All Diocesan Articles



Postponed: Action Alert - Help Oppose Legislation Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide in Connecticut

Posted on March 12, 2020 in: Canceled Events

Postponed: Action Alert - Help Oppose Legislation Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide in Connecticut


Public Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide in Connecticut

***The Public Hearing Scheduled for Monday, March 16th on Physician-Assisted Suicide has been Cancelled due to Coronavirus Precautions.

All Public Hearings have been Cancelled Until Further Notice***

Urge the Committee members to Vote "NO" on H.B. 5420 "An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients"

Click on the link below or at the end of this email to send them an email. You may edit the pre-written email with your own comments.

Click here to send an email to the members of the Public Health Committee.

   The Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on H.B. 5420 "An Act Concerning Aid In Dying for Terminally Ill Patients", which  supports the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. This is the seventh year that such legislation has been proposed by the General Assembly. The legislation proposed this year is exactly the same as that proposed in 2019.

   The Catholic Bishops of Connecticut, along with members of the health care and disability communities strongly oppose this legislation for various reasons.
These groups believe that the right of individual choice is far overshadowed by the potential negative impact of this legislation upon our society. The advocates of physician-assisted suicide call it "aid-in-dying" in an effort to remove the negative connotations of the word "suicide", but the passage of physician-assisted suicide would be bad public policy and would create a terrible precedent in Connecticut.

    The Catholic Conference does not support keeping a patient alive by extraordinary means against that patient's will. We support true aid-in-dying, which is hospice and palliative care. What we oppose is licensing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the purpose of taking a human life, prescribing suicide as a treatment.

    Please take note that under physician-assisted suicide laws existing in several other states, the doctor prescribes the deadly medication, but is usually not present when the patient administers it to themselves. In fact, in a large number of cases no medical professional is present. Additionally, the highest ranking reason patients have committed physician-assisted suicide is not due to pain, but to no longer be a burden to the family or a decline in their quality of life. The claim by the proponents of this legislation that most people take advantage of physician-assisted suicide to escape unbearable pain is not supported by the facts. Quality hospice and palliative care are the key to truly compassionate end-of-life care.

Please read important background information on this issue by clicking here.

  We are seeking your assistance in defeating this legislation in the Public Health Committee. Listed below are several ways to have your voice

1) Click here to send an email to the members of the Public Health Committee. You can edit the prepared email with your own comments.

2) Attend the public hearing when it is rescheduled. 

 Click here to send an email to the members of the Public Health Committee.

Bookmark and Share  

Latest Articles
Vocations Corner: A Seminarian Reflection
Virtual Open House - Saint Bernard School
The Real Presence of Christ and Eucharistic Miracles- Video Seminar
RSVP by Nov. 4: Wine, Wisdom and Why
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown’s 8 Days of Impact Giving On-line Fundraiser
Hope and Faith Series - Saint Jude
Faith Sparks: ‘Broken Open’ by a Journey of Grief
A Season of Giving
Eucharistic Miracles of the World Exhibit to Come to the Diocese of Norwich
A Fun and Fabulous Golf Tournament For Love of a Child


Annual Catholic Appeal

Our ACA supported ministries rely on your continued support during this difficult time.
Thank you so much. 




Signup for Weekly Newsletter

    Recently Added Galleries
    Click to view album: Blessing of the Fleet
    Click to view album: Mass of Ordination for Father Michael Bovino
    Click to view album: Rite of Election 2020
    Click to view album: Consecrated Life Mass

    Annual Fundraiser

    Your 100% tax deductible gift will help us continue to bring the gospel message and the news of the diocese to the faithful throughout eastern Connecticut and the world. Your generosity helps defray the production costs of our print, online, and email newsletter editions of the Four County Catholic, as well as enhancing our Social Media presence. 

    For those who would rather mail their gift click here.

    Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich
    201 Broadway
    Norwich, CT 06360-4328
    Phone: 860-887-9294