Assisted Suicide Is Bad Medicine for NYS
Physician-assisted suicide bills in New York, like similar bills that have passed in several other states, lack important safeguards, making coercion or misapplication of the law a serious threat. Furthermore, they send a dangerous message to society that when someone is considered a “burden” to someone else, his or her life is no longer worth living.
While New York rightly spends millions of dollars a year to combat suicide, it is considering undermining these efforts significantly by declaring that oftentimes, suicide is “death with dignity.” The not-so-subtle implication is that those who choose to fight for their lives or to simply allow themselves to die a natural death are somehow undignified.
The New York State Catholic Conference has joined other opponents as part of the New York Alliance Against Assisted Suicide, made up of patients-rights, disabilities-rights advocates, health care, civil rights and faith-based advocacy organizations. Together we support increased access to palliative care (comfort care) and a rejection of the dangerous national movement toward physician assisted suicide.
Below are some resources with which you can help us in our advocacy.
- Action Alert — Contact Your Elected Officials
- NYSCC Memo of Opposition
- NYSCC Flyer/Bulletin Insert
- New Yorkers for Life flyer
- Issue in Brief printable PDF
- Fatal Flaws in Assisted Suicide Legislation Fact Sheet
- NYSCC testimony by Edward Mechmann
- “Man of Steel” Video of James “JJ” Hanson, Brain Cancer Patient and Assisted Suicide Opponent
- JJ’s Final Days video
- “Deadly Drugs” blog post by Kathleen M. Gallagher
- Assisted suicide “safeguards” revealed as con” blog post by Kathleen Gallagher
- “The effect of legalizing assisted suicide on palliative care and suicide rates” article by Richard Doerflinger