In re: Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide (S.3151-A-Savino/A.2383-A-Paulin)

The so-called “Medical Aid in Dying Act” 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. Physician-assisted suicide represents a complete abdication of our moral responsibility to persons who are suffering from terminal illnesses. Rather than caring for such persons with the utmost sensitivity and compassion, the sponsors of this bill would have us simply expedite their demise. The State of New York must do better.