09 May New York State lawmakers signal they will not act on physician assisted suicide bill in 2017
ALBANY – Legislation that would legalize physician assisted suicide in New York is unlikely to be taken up by state lawmakers in 2017, legislative leaders indicated Tuesday.
“I am not sure it can and will be done,” Heastie said during a joint appearance with Flanagan just outside Albany.
By Glenn Blain, New York Daily News
“Lawmakers seeking reelection next year should be paying attention to what their constituents want,” said Corinne Carey, New York campaign director for the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, noting polls that show public support for the bill. N.Y. lawmakers signal they won’t act on doctor aided suicide bill. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester), a sponsor of the bill, conceded that it faces an uphill struggle but insisted advocates will not give up.
“I am not suicidal,” Rahn said. “What I don’t want is to suffer.”
Critics of the measure, however, say it devalues human life and could put vulnerable individuals under pressure from family, doctors and insurance companies to take advantage of the death option.
The state’s medical community, religious groups like the Catholic Church, and organizations representing the aged and mentally disabled oppose to legalizing physician-assisted suicide.
Source: New York Daily News