Connecticut lawmakers are facing a deadline to act on 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 is scheduled to discuss the bill on Friday. The panel has until the end of the day to forward the legislation to the House for further consideration.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said last month he is undecided about whether to support the proposal, which he said is fraught with religious and societal taboos.
If the bill ultimately becomes law, Connecticut would become the third state in the country, after Oregon and Washington, to allow what is sometimes referred to as assisted suicide.
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