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Tell the legislature: Pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act

New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would authorize medical aid in dying in the Empire State, and they need to hear from supporters like you.

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.

Medical aid in dying is needed because:

  • Too many New Yorkers suffer needlessly at the end of life;
  • Too many New Yorkers endure unrelenting pain at the end of life;
  • Too many New Yorkers turn to violent means at the end of life when medical aid could help them die peacefully; and
  • Too many New Yorkers feel they have little control over their own life (and death) when a terminal illness has taken over.

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.

Even if you called, sent a letter, or signed our petition last year, we need you to take action again this year by sending a note today.

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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.