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Our team on the ground is building strong support for the Medical Aid in Dying Act  (S3151/A2383) in the New York legislature — we’ve more than doubled the number of cosponsors of the bill in the past 6 months.

We continue to travel the state to build the grassroots team we’ll need to move the legislature to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act. Our campaign will be at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse from August 23 through September 4 collecting petition signatures and talking to thousands of fairgoers about our campaign.

To sign up to help at this event, or any of the events we’ll be holding throughout the summer, click here.

History

Compassion & Choices launched a robust campaign to authorize medical aid in dying in New York in September 2015.

The Medical Aid in Dying Act was first introduced on May 10, 2016, and nearly 100 C&C supporters turned out to the New York state Capitol in support of the bill. In 2016, we brought lawmakers to the table to negotiate the Medical Aid in Dying Act. More than 1,300 supporters contacted lawmakers to urge approval in the Health committee. We tabled the New York State Fair, and as a result, over 6,000 residents spoke with us, and 4,200 wrote postcards to their representatives.

On May 23, 2016, the Assembly Health Committee passed the bill.

On January 23, 2017, when bill sponsors re-introduced the Medical Aid in Dying Act, C&C held a press conference to announce the bill.

Polling Data

Eagle Point Strategies Survey, September 2015

» Three of four New York voters (77%) think “when a mentally competent adult is dying from a terminal illness that cannot be cured, the adult should be allowed the option to request a prescription for life-ending medication from their doctor, and decide whether and when to use that medication to end their suffering in their final stages of dying.”

Click here for full New York polling data.

Resources

S.3151 & A.2383 full text

/ October 16, 2017

Compassion & Choices Presents 7,500 Petition Signatures in Support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act to Governor Cuomo

Compassion & Choices New York today presented Governor Andrew Cuomo with petitions signatures from more than 7,500 New Yorkers in support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.2383/S.3151) acquired during the New York State Fair. The petition reads, “I am a New Yorker who attended the Great New York State Fair and I […]

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/ August 25, 2017

Finishing the Life: The Points of William Stubing’s Last Year

By Ronald Thomas Ronald Thomas and biomedical ethicist William Stubing were married in 2013. The following year, William,who had been an ordained priest and who remained active in the Episcopal Church, began experiencing severe pain from both diagnosed (spinal stenosis) and yet to be diagnosed (terminal stage Creutzfeld-Jakob disease) medical conditions, which led to many […]

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/ July 10, 2017

Compassion & Choices New York Applauds New York State Academy of Family Physicians for Voting to Support Medical Aid in Dying Act

Compassion & Choices New York campaign director Corinne Carey today applauded the New York State Academy of Family Physicians and its Congress of Delegates for voting overwhelmingly to support the New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (S3151/A2383), sponsored by Senator Diane Savino (IDC-Staten Island) and Assemblymember Amy Paulin (D-Westchester). Prior to this vote, the NYSAFP […]

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