This undated photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard. The terminally ill California woman moved to Portland, Ore., to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, which was established in the 1990s. Maynard wants to pass a similar law in California and has turned to advocacy in her final days.
A bill to allow mentally competent, terminally ill Connecticut residents to take their own life hasn't seen a lot of momentum in Hartford. But supporters say an online video of an Oregon woman who is scheduled to die this weekend is helping to draw attention to their cause.
There is soft piano music, then Brittany Maynard speaks.
"So after getting married is when I first started experiencing the headaches, and they were quite severe," she says. "I didn't understand them because I never had anything like them before."
The Public Health Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature is heard emotional testimony on Monday on legislation that would allow terminally ill people in the state to be prescribed life ending drugs. If the bill were to pass, adult patients who are considered mentally competent and are told by two doctors that they have less than six months to live, would be able to get the life ending drugs. Terminally ill people testified in favor of the bill, and some with disabilities testified against it.
Supporters of 'aid in dying' legislation are urging state lawmakers to take up the issue during the General Assembly's session that begins next week. During last year's session, a proposed bill did not make it out of the Connecticut Legislature's Public Health Committee.