Family Institute of Connecticut promised to make the defeat of assisted suicide our top priority in 2013…and we delivered. FIC and our allies dealt the assisted suicide bill such a crushing defeat that our success may serve as a model for stopping assisted suicide in other states.
That model, unfortunately, was not in time to save Vermont, whose state legislature will became the first in the country to legalize assisted suicide. But the difference between our two states shows why the victory for life in Connecticut, rather than death in Vermont, is the more likely future for our nation.
With no local pro-family group similar to FIC, Vermont is New England’s unguarded flank.
Vermont is an outlier, the state where national anti-family activists go to accomplish things they cannot achieve in Connecticut and elsewhere. Vermont was the state that invented same-sex civil unions in 2000. Anti-family forces then targeted Connecticut to be the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage” through the legislature. FIC defeated them every year.
Additionally, assisted suicide was legalized in Vermont only after pro-assisted suicide forces received close to $100,000 from an out-of-state group and became the third biggest spender on lobbying in Vermont this year (over $30,000 just on lobbyists). A nationally-funded group that advocates for more suicide has already touted the Vermont law as a “a big step forward for the region.” But the Family Institute of Connecticut and our allies in the disability community stand ready to counter them.
Despite exploiting the fears of vulnerable people, a similar assisted suicide regime was overwhelmingly rejected this year by Connecticut legislators. One month later, pro-assisted suicide activists are still stewing over their Connecticut defeat. Similar legislative proposals, over 125 of them, have also been rejected across the United States.
These out-of-state forces will now re-direct funding for their lobbying efforts to Connecticut. But the difference between Vermont and Connecticut is the Family Institute of Connecticut. We stopped them before and we can stop them again–with your help!
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