Compassion & Choices New York paused our campaign to expand end-of-life options in New York when the COVID-19 pandemic forced our state to pause.

The postponement occurred in the midst of Compassion & Choices’ 50 Reasons To Support New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act campaign. Click here to read the 20 stories published while the legislature was in session.

New York’s 2020 Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.2694/S.3947) would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and found by two doctors to be mentally capable to make this medical decision. The law would give eligible patients the option to request a prescription for medication they can take to shorten a difficult, painful dying process.

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life. Email New York lawmakers and urge them to support medical aid-in-dying legislation.

Compassion & Choices New York is building support for the bill. From Buffalo to Long Island, the North Country to Brooklyn and everywhere in between, our staff and volunteers are working to host events and film screenings, participate in public dialogue, and offer workshops on advance planning and end-of-life options to communities across the state. To join our campaign and learn about opportunities to help in your own community, click here.

To sign up to help or request an event or workshop in your own community, email us at [email protected].

The authorization of medical aid in dying in New York and the implementation of medical aid-in-dying law in neighboring New Jersey are among our top priorities. Click here to view a report of our recent progress in New York and New Jersey.

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