So far this year, a great deal of pro-life attention in New York has necessarily been focused on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assault on the lives of unborn children. However, it is important that New York Christians and other pro-life allies remain vigilant and engaged on the issue of physician-assisted suicide as well.
Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would reverse New York’s long-standing ban on assisted suicide, and would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to certain terminally ill adults that formally request such drugs. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms opposes this legislation for numerous reasons. First, the proposed bill could encourage patients to choose physician-assisted suicide based on faulty diagnoses. Second, the bill could allow terminally-ill patients with depression or other mental health problems to decide to end their lives when they do not truly have the capacity to make such a decision. Third, the bill would invite insurance companies to push patients toward assisted suicide as a cost-saving measure. Fourth, the bill would create an incoherent public policy in which the State of New York would discourage suicide in most circumstances, but facilitate it in others. Fifth, the bill would do irreparable damage to the physician-patient relationship by making doctors into killers. Finally, the bill would trample upon the sanctity of human life and treat the lives of terminally-ill persons as though they have less value than other human lives.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and our allied organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, are pleased that Stephanie Woodward, Esq. of the Center for Disability Rights is scheduled to join us at Legislative Day on March 19, 2019 to speak about physician-assisted suicide from a disability rights perspective. Please register for the event today and come join us!