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Susan Rahn’s story

In 2013, I went through a series of tests for what I thought was a backache, but turned out to stage four breast cancer. Of course, I was devastated when I got the call, but I was determined to do what I needed to do for my son and my family. I’ve been receiving every available treatment I can since then.

At our lobby day, I told my lawmakers that I want to live more than anything. I want to have dozens more Mother’s Days with my family. My son will be graduating high school this year. I want to see him graduate college and medical school. And I want to hold my grandchildren. But eventually, my treatment options will run out. What I don’t want is to suffer and be in uncontrollable pain while my body shuts down for what could be weeks and I don’t want my son to have to watch me go through that.

Talking directly to legislators is the best way to gain their support. I’ve told my story to dozens of lawmakers across the state. Now it’s your turn: act today and tell your lawmakers why you support 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.