State’s highest court rules there is no constitutional right to assisted suicide

The Legislative Gazette, September 7, 2017

“[Rev. Jason J. McGuire], executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, [says] the Court of Appeals ruling does three things.”

“‘It demonstrates respect for the Constitution of the state of New York. Nothing in our state’s Constitution in any way affirms physician-assisted suicide, and the Court acknowledged that reality.’ McGuire said. ‘Second, the decision upholds the role of the Legislature as policymaker. Third, the decision recognizes that the state “has a significant interest in preserving life and preventing suicide, a serious public health problem.”’”

“‘All New Yorkers should cheer today’s decision … Confronted with a controversial and emotionally charged case, the New York Court of Appeals has done the right thing in declining the plaintiffs’ invitation to legislate from the bench,’ McGuire added.”

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