A number of New York State legislators are sponsoring A 2694 / S 3947, Medical Aid in Dying Act. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of New York to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.
If you support death with dignity please tell your New York State legislator to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
As your constituent, I urge you to support the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of our state to get a prescription from their doctor for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing. The bill establishes stringent procedures and tough safeguards that have been proven safe and effective in providing peace of mind and control for the terminally ill: two doctors have to diagnose a terminal illness and determine the patient is mentally fit, and patients have to make this choice themselves.
Seven in ten Americans, including New York residents, believe terminally ill people should have this option. In Oregon (since 1997), Washington (2008), Vermont (2013), California and Colorado (2016), Washington, D.C. (2017), and Hawaii (2019), similar death with dignity laws have safely and effectively given terminally ill people more freedom and control, more choices, and a greater peace of mind when it matters most.
If I suffer from a terminal illness and will have less than 6 months to live, I will want to be alert, to spend time with my loved ones, and to make my own decisions. If I am terminally ill it should be my choice to hasten my own death under difficult circumstances. This is what the law would provide.
I call on you to support this bill.
Thank you, _____________
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