Will New York Allow Terminally Ill People To End Their Lives?

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“A bill to legalize so-called medical aid in dying has been introduced in the state Legislature for years. It’s fate in 2022 is still uncertain.”

“Opponents of the bill have focused on the moral principle at stake and the supposed side effects that would result from the bill. “There’s a big difference between stopping treatment and actively taking a human life or even your own life,” Dennis Poust, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference, said in an interview. “We spend a lot of money in the state, rightly so, on suicide prevention efforts. We’ve seen an epidemic of suicides among young people in particular, and we are afraid it sends mixed messages to them that some suicides are okay.” Some disability advocates have also argued that the Medical Aid in Dying Act would result in abuse or mistakes.”

Source: “Will New York allow terminally ill people to end their lives?“, City &State New York

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