New York Campaign Director Corinne Carey sent the following email to our New York supporters this afternoon:
On Tuesday, dozens of Compassion & Choices supporters came to Albany for our Spring Lobby Day and met with nearly one hundred legislators to tell them why medical aid in dying should be authorized here in the Empire State.
We also made a significant announcement: our legislative sponsors in both chambers have introduced a unified Medical Aid in Dying Act. This legislation will allow a terminally ill, mentally capable adult to request medication to end life if their suffering becomes unbearable. And we’ve learned that the bill could soon face a pivotal committee vote.
During our meetings, most legislators were open to aid in dying and treated us and the issue with respect. But it was clear that they’ll need to hear personal stories and appeals from their constituents before they will feel comfortable supporting the legislation.
Though we have broad support among New York residents, doctors, religious leaders, and terminally ill patients, the vote margin is sure to be close. Our opponents have used scare tactics, misinformation and flat-out lies to try to halt our momentum. We cannot let them succeed.
Direct messages of support from voters played a huge role in last year’s passage of California’s End of Life Option Act. Have your voice heard so that New York can be next.
If you’re comfortable sharing a personal story about how you came to support aid in dying, please include it in your letter. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for lawmakers to hear personal stories from their constituents about why this issue means so much to all of us.
We’re setting a goal of 500 letters to the legislature by the end of next week. Click the link below to use our quick and easy tool to write a letter urging your legislators to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act:
Thanks for all you do,
NY Campaign Director