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Assisted Suicide Dies In Committee

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 […]

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Legislative Session Concludes With Win Against Assisted Suicide

Albany, NY— New York’s 2023 regular legislative session is over, and assisted suicide legislation has failed—despite an end-of-session push—to receive approval in the State Senate or in the State Assembly. This is welcome news. Assisted suicide bills have been introduced […]

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Assisted Suicide Supporters See Progress For Long-Stalled New York Proposal

By Nick Reisman Advocates for people with disabilities worry people who are struggling with an illness can easily become depressed and feel their options are far more limited.  “A lot of the discussion around the issue kind of overlooks the […]

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Assisted Suicide Act Gets Last Push Before End Of Session

By Ashley Dager [Some] Organizations [opposed to assisted suicide] fear how it will impact people with disabilities. The ARC New York says in part: “If medical aid in dying becomes a right in NYS, it’s a right that should be granted to […]

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Backers of Assisted Suicide Bill Say It Has The Support To Pass, But Full Vote Remains Uncertain

By Karen Dewitt (NYS National Correspondent) The bill’s opponents, including some advocacy groups for people with disabilities, say they fear the measure, which they call assisted suicide, could be abused. Alex Thompson is with the New York Association of Independent […]

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Backers of Assisted Suicide Bill Say There Are Enough Votes To Pass, But Full Vote Remains Uncertain

By Karen DeWitt Opponents, including some advocacy groups for people with disabilities, said they fear the measure could be abused. Alex Thompson with the New York Association of Independent Living said people with disabilities are sometimes misdiagnosed by doctors. He […]

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Statement by the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide Opposing Assisted Suicide Proposal

Albany, NY—Our coalition strongly opposes the so-called Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.995-A/S.2445-A), which would permit assisted suicide in New York State. While proponents position the legislation as “death with dignity” and empowering for people with serious diseases, the sad […]

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A Letter To Legislative Leadership Regarding Assisted Suicide

Dear Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie: The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide (NYAAAS) is an association of diverse organizations and individuals committed to maintaining New York’s longstanding ban on assisted suicide. We write to reaffirm our strong opposition to […]

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NYAAAS Responds To Asm. Reyes’ Assisted Suicide Rationale

Albany, NY (01/14/2021)—Earlier today, Assemblymember Karines Reyes (D-Bronx) provided an interview stating her support for physician assisted suicide. The New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide offered the following response: “The most troubling part of the discussion revolved around the issue […]

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