Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Yorkers deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.

A Marist poll released October 12 shows that New York registered voters support “legislation which would allow doctors to prescribe a drug dose to an adult who has been told they have less than six months to live so the patient can take their own life if they want to” by a 23-point margin (59% support vs. 36% oppose).

With Governor Kathy Hochul now leading as the 57th and first female Governor of New York State, the future is unclear for legislation that would give terminally ill New Yorkers the option of medical aid in dying to end unbearable, unnecessary suffering in their final days. Email your lawmakers today urging them to pass and send the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act to Gov. Hochul’s desk without delay.

On June 10, the New York Legislature adjourned without advancing the Medical Aid in Dying Act. The bill will carry over into the 2022 legislative session. On June 4, Buffalo Hospice co-founder and medical aid-in-dying advocate Dr. Robert Milch died of terminal cancer; days later his final op-ed and video urging lawmakers to authorize medical aid in dying was published in Empire Report. On May 13, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) released a statement of support for the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act.

Check out what else is happening in the New York movement to expand and protect end-of-life care options!

Each day of the 2021 legislative session, Compassion & Choices shared the stories of our advocates for a total of 60 Reasons to Pass the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act.

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Compassion & Choices New York is building support for the bill. From Buffalo to Long Island, the North Country to Brooklyn and everywhere in between, our staff and volunteers are working to host events and film screenings, participate in public dialogue, and offer workshops on advance planning and end-of-life options to communities across the state.

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Polling Data

Two thirds of New Yorkers feel that allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives should be an end-of-life option in the state. See more polling data.


Tools and Resources

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End-of-Life Planning
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