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N.Y. lawmakers signal they won’t act on doctor aided suicide bill

Legislation that would legalize physician assisted suicide in N.Y. is unlikely to be taken up by state lawmakers in 2017, pols indicated. By Glenn Blain ALBANY - Legislation that would legalize physician assisted suicide in New York is unlikely to be taken up by state lawmakers in...

Legislative leaders throw cold water on aid in dying’s chances this year

Bill to allow for what critics call assisted suicide likely faces a long road ahead By Matthew Hamilton, Capitol bureau ALBANY — Both state legislative leaders were bearish on Tuesday about the chances that what supporters call "medical aid in dying" will win approval from lawmakers before...

Assisting Suicide Distorts Doc’s Duty

BY JOHN RHEE New York Daily News May 1, 2017 "It’s my life; why won’t you just let me die?” We had spent much time together during the weeks on my psychiatry rotation and had grown fairly close. Yet it wasn’t our bond that made her words so hard...

Aid in dying bill sends a dangerous message to children

By Susan M. Matthews Last month, two girls, one 14-year-old from Miami and a 12-year-old from Georgia, live-streamed their suicides on Facebook. Another 33-year-old man did the same in Los Angeles. There are 3 million teens in the U.S. experiencing major depressive disorders, a top cause of...

Letter: Aid in dying proposal lacks vital safeguards

Despite recent claims made to The News, proposed aid in dying legislation fails to protect New York’s most vulnerable. For one, the proposed bill’s requirement for witnesses lacks appropriate safeguards. A terminally ill patient could easily be manipulated with an interest in hastening death for...

NY Top Court Urged to Say No to Assisted Suicide

April 3, 2017 -- As the alarming trend towards legalizing physician assisted suicide makes inroads across the nation and around the globe, Agudath Israel of America has filed an amicus curiae brief in a major case that will be heard by the highest court in...

Assisted Suicide Activists Reintroduce Bill – Times Union

Opponents of the legislation say no modification could make physician-assisted suicide safe for vulnerable patients, including disabled people or wealthy individuals whose heirs are interested in a speedier access to their inheritance. Insurance companies might also encourage policyholders to take advantage of such a law...

Ex-AG will fight right-to-die bill

As supporters prepare to reintroduce legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide on Monday, a former state attorney general is planning to be a leading figure in the fight against it. Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester County) and Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard...

Assisted suicide “safeguards” revealed as a con

by Kathleen M. Gallagher In a very revealing commentary published at jurist.org last month, long-time assisted suicide advocate Kathryn Tucker admits that the so-called “safeguards” included in physician-assisted suicide proposals aren’t really safeguards at all. In fact, she calls them “burdens,” “restrictions,” and “barriers.” She thinks...

Push for assisted suicide law intensifies in New York

One critic of the measure, Michael Burgess, spokesman for the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, acknowledged the advocates gained some traction at the Capitol this year when their bill passed the Assembly Health Committee, though it ended up wedged in the Codes Committee. A companion...