New York

Status of Medical Aid in Dying

New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (A995a/S2445a), sponsored by Assemblymember Amy Paulin and Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, is one of the most important measures before the New York State Legislature in 2024. With 88 co-sponsors representing every corner of New York State, a growing chorus of lawmakers, voters, and civic organizations representing the broad diversity of the Empire State is calling on the legislature to pass the bill.

A new survey shows that New Yorkers overwhelmingly support medical aid in dying by a 72-23% margin. You can read about it here.

Voters from across the state are joining with Compassion & Choices to raise their voices and urge legislative leaders to lead with love, put families first, and bring the bill to the floor for a vote before the legislative session ends in June. If you support this compassionate bill, click below to take immediate action. If you want to learn more, scan this page for more information or reach out to us by emailing [email protected].

Dr. Sonja Richmond speaking in front of New York Crowd

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Polling Data

Two thirds of New Yorkers feel that allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives should be an end-of-life option in the state. See more polling data.


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Additional Information

Sign our Petition to Support Medical Aid in Dying in New York: Demand that medical aid in dying be authorized in New York!

Get Inspired: Read why New Yorkers deserve the full range options for care at the end of life.

Learn about medical aid in dying: Our display shows you everything you need to know about medical aid in dying in New York.

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Senator Scarcella-Spanton & Assembly Member Septimo Visit Longtime Staten Islander, Dying of ALS, Who Wants To Be 1st New Yorker to Use NY’s Medical Aid in Dying Act, If Legislature Passes Bill Before Session Ends Friday
June 3, 2024

Lifelong New Yorker Brian Moffett, 66, who hopes to be the first person to use New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act because he is dying of ALS and wants to pass peacefully, was visited Monday by Senator Jessica Scarcella-Spanton (D-Staten Island) and Assembly Member Amanda Septimo (D-Bronx) at a Manhattan rehab facility.

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Statements from Corinne Carey and Jules Netherland on Their Arrest and the Arrest of Other Advocates Calling on Speaker Heastie & Leader Stewart-Cousins To Allow a Vote on the Medical Aid in Dying Act
May 21, 2024

Corinne Carey, Compassion & Choices’ Senior Campaign Director for NY/NJ, and terminally ill Bronx resident Jules Netherland, issued the following statements in conjunction with their arrest Tuesday for civil disobedience (official charge is anticipated to be disorderly conduct) – and the arrest of nine other advocates in support of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act.

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Sponsors of NY Medical Aid in Dying Act Urge Immediate Vote
May 7, 2024

Joining the Effort: LI Doctor Who Sponsored Resolution Resulting in the Medical Society of New York Supporting Medical Aid in Dying  Supporting Organizations – League of Women Voters, Statewide Senior Action Network, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, NY Bar Assn. – Urge Passage The prime sponsors of New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act, Assembly…

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Statement from Corinne Carey on the Medical Society of the State of New York’s Support for Passage of the Medical Aid in Dying Act
April 15, 2024

Corinne Carey, Compassion & Choices’ Senior Campaign Director for New York and New Jersey, issued this statement following the decision Sunday by the Medical Society of the State of New York  (MSSNY) to reverse its longtime opposition to New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act and support passage of the bill. “This was a longtime conversion…

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