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On January 23, 2017 Compassion & Choices New York welcomed the reintroduction of the Medical Aid in Dying Act for 2017 (S3151/A2383), a bill to give New Yorkers the option to make end-of-life healthcare decisions that are right for them in the final stages of a terminal illness.

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

/ April 25, 2017

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