Conn. assisted suicide bill not to be considered

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are declining to consider a bill that would permit physicians to prescribe medication to help a dying patient end his or her own life.

The legislature's Public Health Committee faced a Friday deadline to vote on the bill. Supporters said they removed it from the agenda to avoid lengthy discussion or filibuster that could jeopardize other vital bills.

The panel had until the end of the day to forward any legislation to the House or Senate for further consideration.

Supporters said they would reintroduce the bill in the next legislative session.

The bill would have made Connecticut the third state in the country, after Oregon and Washington, to allow what is sometimes referred to as assisted suicide.

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