Current Status In Connecticut:
An effort to enact physician-assisted suicide was once again defeated in the Legislature’s Public Health Committee in 2019. The subject has been raised again by the Public Health Committee for the 2020 legislative session.
Current Status Nationwide:
Eight states and Washington, D.C., have death with dignity statutes (in order by year of enactment)
- Oregon (Death with Dignity Act; 1994)
- Washington (Death with Dignity Act; 2008)
- Vermont (Patient Choice and Control at the End of Life Act; 2013)
- California (End of Life Option Act; approved in 2015, in effect from 2016)
- Colorado (End of Life Options Act; 2016)
- District of Columbia (D.C. Death with Dignity Act; 2016)
- Hawaii (Our Care, Our Choice Act; 2018)
- Maine (Death with Dignity Act; 2019)
- New Jersey (Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act; 2019)
In Montana, the Baxter v. Montana (2009) court decision created a defense for a physician who is prosecuted should the physician be charged in assisting a suicide, although prosecutions and convictions for assisted suicide remain possible in Montana.
Since Oregon legalized assisted suicide in 1994, many states have rejected assisted-suicide measures, some multiple times. Since January 1994, there have been hundreds of legislative proposals in more than 35 states.