Senate Leader Dubious About Assisted Suicide

Earlier this month, State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) was asked about his views concerning physician-assisted suicide.


State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport)

, “The Aid-In-Dying legislation, Senator. Would your conference be supportive of that? [Have] there been any discussions about that?”

Leader Flanagan responded, “That is an extraordinarily sensitive issue. And [we] will be vetting that internally. But I think that there [are] significant concerns that have been raised internally and externally.”

These remarks from Leader Flanagan are similar in tone to his previous comments on this topic. In February, when asked about physician-assisted suicide, Leader Flanagan responded, ““My visceral reaction is, I don’t like that…Obviously we’re literally talking about life and death. Any action, which may include inaction, should be approached cautiously.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms appreciates Sen. Flanagan’s skepticism regarding physician-assisted suicide. We are thankful for the fact that many other Members of the Senate Majority share that skepticism. As we look toward the continuation of this legislative battle in 2017, we encourage Leader Flanagan to move from skepticism to outright opposition regarding this destructive proposal. New Yorkers with terminal illnesses deserve compassion and support, not prescriptions for lethal drugs.