ALBANY, N.Y. (WWNY) — They’ve been trying for six years, and as the state legislature prepares to adjourn, supporters of the Medical Aid in Dying Act are once again pushing for its passage. .
The measure would allow terminally ill patients with less than six months to live to obtain a prescription for drugs that would hasten death.
Proponents say the law would alleviate unnecessary suffering.
“It’s not a tough political vote at all,” said Corinne Carey of the group Compassion & Choices, who held a press conference on Wednesday.
Among the speakers was Monona Yin from Brooklyn, whose mother died after a long battle with cancer.
“It’s a type of suffering that you can end now,” she said, addressing state lawmakers. “We’re not asking anyone else to take this option, we’re asking you not to block this option for people who are in their right mind and have done everything they can to live.”
Amy Paulin, Democratic State Assemblywoman, said, “Memories of my sister’s horrific suffering at the end of her life are forever etched in my memory. I know what my sister and our whole family have been through.
“Enough is enough. My colleagues must join us and succeed.
Opponents say there is still not enough support in the legislature to pass the measure.
“At this point, it appears the bill lacks votes to advance to the Senate or Assembly. We anticipate that the 2022 legislative session will end in early June with no further movement on this legislation,” said Jason J. McGuire of the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide.
“The bill necessarily assumes that the lives of people with terminal illnesses are not worth living and are of less value than the lives of other New Yorkers. It is a dangerous lie. Our state should protect the lives of every New Yorker, and it should never send the message that the lives of some New Yorkers are undeserving of protection.
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