New York State Assembly Bill A2129-2015
“Establishes ‘the death with dignity act’; allows terminally-ill New Yorkers to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medication”
New York State Senate Bill S3685-2105
“Establishes the New York end of life options act; . . . authorizes the presription of aid-in-dying medication to individuals with terminal illness . . .”
These two bills were recently introduced in the NYS Assembly and Senate to legalize physician-assisted suicide in our state. They have been referred to the Health Committees of their respective houses. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) has already voiced opposition to the bill.
Defending the life of the unborn has traditionally received most of the attention of the right-to-life community. The logo on our Rockland banner, for example, is unborn child in a heart. But there’s always been a second front to our battle — protecting life at the other end of the spectrum, the lives of the elderly and terminally ill.
The fight has now come to our own backyard. Four states already have physician-assisted suicide legislation: Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. We can’t let it happen here.
Please learn everythng you can about the issue. Think about it. Pray about it. Talk to your friends. Write to your legislators. You can send them an email via the NYS Catholic Conference Action Center here.
New York State Catholic Conference Memo of Opposition to proposed physician-assisted suicide legislation
Statement on NY assisted-suicide bills from disability rights group Not Dead Yet
Ross Douthat –“The Last Right — Why America Is Moving Slowly on Assisted Suicide” (op-ed, the New York Times)