On February 1, 2021, Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) reintroduced her physician-assisted suicide legislation in the New York State Assembly.
Bill A.4321-Paulin would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to certain terminally ill adults that formally request such drugs. Physician-assisted suicide bills have been introduced in New York since 2016, but no such bill has passed either house of the State Legislature. To date, nine U.S. states have legalized assisted suicide.
Physician-assisted suicide is a deeply cynical policy that is based on false assumptions. It assumes that terminally-ill persons’ lives are less worthwhile than the lives of others. It also assumes that the only way to alleviate the pain and suffering of the terminally ill is to help them end their lives.
The good news is that despite years of effort by its advocates, physician-assisted suicide has gained very little traction here in New York. Various organizations, including New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, formed the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide (NYAAAS) to fight against physician-assisted suicide, and the efforts made by the Alliance have been effective.
Our biggest advantage in combating assisted-suicide legislation is that we stand on the side of truth and love. The truth is that persons living with terminal illnesses don’t need lethal drugs. They need care, compassion, and support. With the Lord’s help, we and our allies will continue to fight off this destructive and wrong-headed proposal.