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Faced with a terminal diagnosis, when all options for treatment have been exhausted, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life.

New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (S3151/A2383) would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and found by two doctors to be mentally capable to make this medical decision. The law would give eligible patients the option to request a prescription for medication they can take to shorten a difficult, painful dying process.

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.

To sign up to help or request an event or workshop in your own community, email us at [email protected].

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

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