Assisted Suicide Legislation Proposed; Opponents Say its Bad Policy to Help Death

by Christopher O'Brien

By Daniela Altimari | Hartford Courant

Douglas Peary says he became a believer in laws allowing the terminally ill to obtain a doctor’s prescription for a lethal dose of medication after three family members died from complications of cancer.

“I watched my father die of prostate cancer [that] spread to his bones for months on end with pain so great he that had to be drugged to oblivion,” said Peary, who is 70 and lives in North Haven. “He looked like a concentration camp victim.”

He recounted the equally heartrending end-of-life suffering endured by his wife and his sister. “These things have to stop,” Peary said. “There’s no good God that would ever expect us not to help these people.”

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