In recent days, the New York State Senate has passed two measures designed to prevent suicide. Bill S.3806-Ramos would establish a task force for the prevention of suicide amongst Latinas, and Bill S.4467-Carlucci would establish a task force for the prevention of suicide amongst black youth.
Suicide prevention efforts are important. However, physician-assisted suicide undercuts those efforts. Laws that allow assisted suicide for terminally ill persons normalize suicide and send the message that some human lives are less valuable than others. That is one reason why a recent statement made by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is so troublesome.
Until last week, Gov. Cuomo had declined to take a position on the issue of physician-assisted suicide. However, when asked about physician-assisted suicide in an April 9 interview, the Governor responded:
“‘I say pass the bill. It’s a controversial issue, it’s a difficult issue. But the older we get and the better medicine gets the more we’ve seen people suffer for too too long.’”
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we do not believe that physician-assisted suicide is a major priority for Gov. Cuomo. On the other hand, we do believe that the Governor would sign such a bill if it came to his desk. We also believe that the Governor’s remarks on the subject will embolden assisted suicide advocates.
To date, bipartisan opposition in both the Assembly and the Senate has prevented physician-assisted suicide from becoming law in New York. Friends, let’s work together to keep it that way. Please contact your elected officials and encourage them to oppose assisted suicide.