Assisted Suicide Bill Goes Back Before New York Lawmakers

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany.

Supporters of the bill include several New Yorkers who lost loved ones to painful terminal illness. They plan to meet with lawmakers Tuesday at the state Capitol.

The bill, which was introduced in January, would require two physicians to certify the patient’s illness is terminal. Physicians could refuse to agree to the request for any reason.

The measure has been introduced before. It passed an Assembly committee last year, but did not get a full vote in the Legislature. It faces significant challenges again this year.

Supporters say the bill gives suffering patients the freedom to end their lives with dignity but has proper safeguards.

Opponents worry the measure would be abused.

Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California and Oregon already have current laws allowing people to request life-ending medication from a physician.

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One Comment

  1. I wish people would get out of their heads the misconception that PAS is murder or selfish. It’s allowing the terminally ill to die with dignity instead of living through the pain of knowing their time is going to come soon. PAS can alleviate the anxiety of family members living through anticipatory grief of wondering “am I going to get the call that says ___ passed away today?” If one gets approved for PAS, there are so many hoops both the physicians and the patient had to go through first in order to get to the point of receiving the prescribed medication. I think there needs to be a LOT more public education about this topic, as I feel a lot of the opposed aren’t clear on what this involves.

  2. weblog8 says:

    We don’t allow our pets to suffer but family members and friends, they need to suffer to the end. Why?

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