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Jay Kallio’s story

Jay Kallio campaigned passionately for medical aid-in-dying legislation in his home state of New York. Racing against the clock and his illness, terminal lung cancer, Jay fought valiantly to be able end his life legally and on his own terms if his suffering became unbearable. Shortly before his death he recorded a video describing the suffering he hoped to avoid.

Sadly for Jay and many others like him, he died in September almost exactly as he describes without the option of medical aid in dying. This is not how Jay wanted things to end, and we pledge to continue his fight to authorize medical aid in dying in New York.

The Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.2383/S.3151) would allow a terminally ill, mentally capable adult to request life-ending medication from a doctor that the person can self-administer at a time of his or her choosing, or never, should suffering become unbearable.

New Yorkers should be free to choose how they live – and when the time comes, how they die. This private, personal decision should belong to all of us – free from government interference.

If you are comfortable telling your personal story of how you came to support medical aid in dying, please include it in your letter. We can’t overstate the importance of personal storytelling in changing lawmakers’ minds.

Check out Jay’s video message to the lawmakers supporting the Medical Aid in Dying Act.

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Please support the Medical Aid in Dying Act
Dear [Decision Maker],

I want you to know that I am among the 77 percent of New York residents who support medical aid-in-dying legislation. As your constituent, I strongly urge you to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.2383/S.3151).
This bill would give terminally ill, mentally capable adults with less than six months to live access to the full range of choices at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. It offers hope and peace of mind to thousands every year who are confronting the possibility of a prolonged, painful death.

There are now six states where the right to choose your own, peaceful ending is affirmed either by legislation, the courts, or popular ballot. The Medical Aid in Dying Act is modeled after legislation in Oregon and other states where it has a proven track record of success.

How we die, like how we live, should be a personal choice. Momentum for medical aid-in-dying legislation is growing across the country. As your constituent, I ask you to help make New York the next state to authorize this option.