Assisted Suicide Dies In Committee

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ALBANY, NY – Today, the New York State Legislature wrapped up its 2024 regular session. For the tenth straight year, the Legislature has wisely declined to pass a bill allowing lethal drugs to be prescribed for terminally ill patients who request them.

Max Rodriguez, manager of government affairs for the Center for Disability Rights, made the following remarks: “The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide is deeply grateful to the members of the Legislature that have carefully considered the legislation which would legalize physician-assisted suicide (Bill S.2445-C-Hoylman-Sigal/A.995-C-Paulin) and have chosen to oppose it. The bills saw no movement this session and died in committee. We extend special thanks to members of the Legislature that have withdrawn their support from this dangerous and misguided legislation in 2024. We also thank Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for taking heed to members’ concerns.”

Rodriguez continued, “State-sanctioned suicide is a bad idea that New Yorkers like less and less the more they find out about it. The assisted suicide bill would endanger the lives of people with disabilities, the terminally ill, and the mentally ill; would normalize assisted suicide as an acceptable response to disabilities; would encourage assisted suicide tourism; and would irreparably damage the physician-patient relationship. A compassionate society ensures that terminally ill persons receive effective medical treatment and palliative care; it does not offer them a poisonous cocktail of deadly drugs. New Yorkers deserve better than assisted suicide.”

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The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide is an informal association of many diverse organizations, institutions, agencies and individuals in New York State committed to preventing the legalization of assisted suicide in the state. They include representatives of the following communities: disability rights, patients’ rights, health care, hospice care, suicide awareness and prevention, civil rights, senior rights and various faith-based advocacy organizations.

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