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.
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