Should terminally ill in N.Y. have access to assisted suicide?

The Medical Aid in Dying Act has been stalled in the state Senate's Health Committee since March 2016.(Associated Press photo)

By Clifford Michel STATEN ISLAND, NY – A group of state legislators and advocates renewed their push Tuesday for terminally ill patients to have access to life-ending drugs. Still, organizations ranging from the Archdiocese of New York to a slew […]


J.J. Hanson dies at 36: The former Marine with brain cancer was an outspoken opponent of assisted suicide

By Emily Belz Activist J.J. Hanson, a vocal opponent of assisted suicide, died Dec. 30, more than three years after receiving a terminal diagnosis for brain cancer. He was 36. He is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons, […]


J.J. Hanson, Opponent Of Assisted Suicide, Dies

By Claire Hughes J.J. Hanson, who worked in Albany and other state capitals to prevent passage of legislation permitting physician assisted suicide, died Saturday, according to press releases from advocacy groups. Hanson, who was 36, is survived by his wife […]


J.J. Hanson, Aide To Two New York Governors, Dies At 36

By Kenneth Lovett ALBANY – A former Marine who suffered from brain cancer and became a vocal opponent of physician-assisted suicide died Saturday. J.J. Hanson, who also once a former aide to Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, was 36. […]


State’s Highest Court Rules There Is No Constitutional Right To Assisted Suicide

by JAMES GORMLEY, The Legislative Gazette, September 7, 2017 New Yorkers do not have a constitutional right to “aid-in-dying” drugs and procedures, according to a decision by the state’s highest court released Thursday. The New York State Court of Appeals […]


1994 Task Force Report Still Holds True

helping hands through difficulties

By Anthony Pivarunas, MD Traditional medical ethics, as stated in the Hippocratic Oath, as well as in most state laws, prohibit a physician’s involvement in assisted suicide. Public opinion in the U.S. is divided on this issue, even with the […]


I Want My Doctors to Help Me Live, Not Die

Hanson Family

By J.J. Hanson Aggressive brain cancer is trying to end my life. The best doctors in the world are racing to find a cure. Meanwhile, legislation promoting assisted suicide all over the nation would dismantle essential protections and care on […]

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