By Dr Jacqueline Harvey
To the Honorable Members of the Connecticut Public Health Committee,
Today I urge you to oppose S.B. 668 and the harm it would bring to the people of Connecticut, especially those who are vulnerable and in greatest need of support and care. I am a bioethicist and public policy scholar with a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from University of North Texas. As an American. I represent the U.S. affiliate of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), an international organization that was founded in Canada with affiliates in Europe, Australia and around the world. My specializations as an academic are in public health policies, particularly state-level laws that govern end-of-life decisions and I have taught policy courses in my home state of Texas and most recently, in the health policy studies program and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. My research on this particular issue has been published in many venues, most recently in The Public Discourse. This is why I can assure you from my own studies and reviews of academic literature that the legalization of active, voluntary euthanasia through assisted suicide will usher in considerable harm for your state.