Sponsors Prioritizing Assisted Suicide This Session

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By Ryan Whalen

For nearly a decade, New York state Assemblymember Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, has backed legislation to allow terminally ill patients to request pharmaceuticals for the purpose of speeding up their deaths and providing legal protections to the physicians who prescribe them.

State Senate sponsor Brad Hoylman-Sigal, D-Manhattan, also said the bill is one of his top priorities this session.

[But] #AssistedSuicide legislation “continues to face vocal and organized opposition though from the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, which includes members like the Catholic Conference and the Center for Disability Rights.”

“The center’s Government Affairs Manager Max Rodriguez…said opponents continue to have the same concerns about the legislation. Rodriguez said those concerns include that states that have passed it have not adequately tracked abuse, inequities in health care could impact who utilize it, doctors often underestimate the quality of life of people with disabilities and a requirement people have been given a reasonable prognosis of six months or fewer to live isn’t good enough.”

“‘Unfortunately a lot of those measures aren’t finite,’ he said. ‘Everybody has heard of cases where a doctor could give you a six-month prognosis and that person could live for another 10 years.'”

Source: “Sponsors prioritizing New York ‘Medical Aid in Dying’ bill this session,” SpectrumLocalNews.com

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