Adirondack Daily Enterprise letter to the editor: Pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act
An excerpt from Adirondack Daily Enterprise letter to the editor by Vermontville resident Phyllis Sinclair R.N., “Pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act,” published March 9, 2020:
It is time to pass New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (A2694 Paulin/S3947 Savino).
The state legislature has had four years to consider this bill, and has at least 50 co-sponsors. Governor Cuomo has publicly stated his support of medical aid-in-dying legislation. The bill would make New York the 10th state to adopt compassionate legislation expanding end-of-life options to allow a terminally ill, mentally capable adult with a prognosis of six months or less to live to request from their doctor a prescription for medication they can decide to self-ingest to die peacefully in their sleep…
…Passing the Medical Aid in Dying Act would give New Yorkers what the majority of us want: expanded end-of-life care options, allowing the dying person the sole authority to self-administer the medication when nothing else provides relief, and leaving this deeply personal decision to the dying person, their family, and their doctor.