The New York State legislature adjourned its 2019 session on Thursday, June 20, without taking action on New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. Because New York’s legislature operates on a 2-year cycle, the bill will remain pending through 2020.

New York’s 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. Sign our petition and urge New York lawmakers 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].

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