HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has sent a letter to members of all parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford, urging them to oppose House Bill 5326, “An Act Concerning Compassionate Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients,” and to ask their lawmakers to do the same.
In the letter, dated March 9, Archbishop Blair also asks parishioners to attend an upcoming public hearing about the subject, if possible, and adds, “And let’s not forget the spiritual weapons at our disposal, namely, our Lenten fasting and prayer for this intention.” Read the letter here.
A large crowd turned out on March 17 for the second public hearing in two years by the General Assembly's Public Health Committee on the topic. More than 400 people submitted written testimony.
The bill, introduced in late February in the Public Health Committee, allows a terminally ill patient to ask a physician to prescribe lethal drugs, which would be self administered, if he or she, in the opinion of medical professionals, has less than six months to live.
The Colorado-based organization Compassion & Choices is fighting for the bill’s passage in Connecticut.