Another group opposed to assisted suicide laws is the United Spinal Association, which is a nonprofit organization dedicating to "improving the quality of life of Americans with spinal cord injuries or disorders."
United Spinal's President and CEO James Weisman told CNA that his organization was opposed to these bills not for religious or political reasons, but because "people - family members, and in the medical profession - often don't understand the latent capacity of quadriplegics to live full, meaningful lives with jobs and families in the community, after (they) break their neck."
He believes that assisted suicide laws are rooted in discrimination, because people are afraid of what life would be like with a disability.
"Nobody wants to have a broken neck. Everybody says they'd rather be dead," said Weisman.
"Every single one of our members who's a quadriplegic says they wanted to die when they found out they were going to be a quadriplegic. But the overwhelming majority go on to lead meaningful, full lives."
Weisman told CNA that he would like to see expanded access to palliative care for those who are in pain, as well as increased education for people in the medical field about how it is possible to live a meaningful life with a disability.
"The medical profession and the uninformed public encourage those who break their necks or have other injuries to end (their lives)," said Weisman. "It's such a slippery slope when we decide who can live and who can die."
Elsewhere in the country, 16 other states are in the process of passing similar legislation, including Maryland and Nevada.
Members of Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approved the "End-of-Life Option Act" on Friday. The bill had advanced through the state House of Delegates earlier in March.
In Nevada, the state Senate is considering SB 165, which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients over the age of 18. The bill has passed through one working session of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
That bill, similar to Connecticut's, defines "terminal condition" as "an incurable and irreversible condition that cannot be cured or modified by any known current medical therapy or treatment and which will, in the opinion of the attending physician, result in death within 6 months."
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Also like Connecticut, the bill does not specify if death will occur "with or without treatment."
Christine Rousselle is a former DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. Prior to working at CNA, she was the managing web editor of Townhall.com; she has a BA in political science from Providence College.