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Opponents of legalizing assisted suicide gather for two-day conference in Connecticut

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WINDSOR LOCKS, Connecticut — Organizers say about 140 people have turned out for a daylong conference on assisted suicide.

The two-day event, dubbed East Coast Against Assisted Suicide, was wrapping up on Saturday in Windsor Locks. It was sponsored by several groups that oppose legislation legalizing the practice, including the Connecticut-based Family Institute of Connecticut and Second Thoughts Connecticut.

Other sponsors included the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Second Thoughts Massachusetts.

Speakers include experts from the region and around the world who oppose assisted suicide legislation in the U.S., particularly the East Coast.

Last year marked the second straight year that a Connecticut legislative committee held a public hearing on legislation allowing physicians to prescribe medication to help terminally ill patients end their lives. The bill was not brought up for a vote.

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