Respect Life

 This ministry keeps our parishioners informed and aware of all aspects of the issues that come under the Culture of Death.  The committee provides information that pertains to abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, issues that conflict with Catholic teaching, and to provide opportunities for parishioners to support the Culture of Life.   

Contact Carol Burdick at respectlife@stocpct.org.


                Public Health Committee to Holding Public Hearing

                                    on Physician-Assisted Suicide 


Dear Network Member,
 The Public Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on H.B. 5898 "An Act
Concerning Aid In Dying for Terminally Ill Patients", 
which  supports the legalization 
of physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut. The hearing is schedule for Monday. 
March 18th, at 10:30 a.m.. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. 
This is the sixth year that such legislation has been proposed by the General 
Assembly.The CCPAC will keep our Network membership informed as this proposal 
progresses through the legislature.   
   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 presentation by the proponents 
of this legislation that most people take advantage of this type of law 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. 

     Read important questions and answers 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
heard on this issue.

1) Use our Grassroots Action Center to send an e-mail directly to your state senator and state representative by clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.  We have provided a basic statement, but please either put the message in your own words or add a brief introduction and conclusion! Personalized messages have a much greater impact. Let our legislators know that you want them to vote NO on H.B. 5898.  

2) In addition to your own legislators, contact the members of the Public Health Committee now and ask them to vote NO on H.B. 5898. Their contact information can be found here. 

3) Attend the public hearing on Monday, March 18th, and testify against the physician-assisted suicide bill. If you cannot attend, you may send testimony by email tophtestimony@cga.ct.gov   Here is additional information on the hearing: 

The Public Health Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1Dof the LOB. The Committee is accepting electronic testimony via email at phtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Please submit electronic testimony in Word or PDF format no later than 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2019. If you are unable to submit electronic testimony, please submit one copy of written testimony no later than 8:30 A.M. on Monday, March 18, 2019 in Room 3000 of the LOB. Please submit separate testimony for each bill. All testimony submitted must be related to bills on the agenda. Testimony submitted after the deadline may not be available to Legislators until after the hearing. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:00 A.M. in the First Floor Atrium of the LOB. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Constitutional Officers, State Agency Heads and Chief Elected Municipal Officials. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.  
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