Compassion & Choices NY Weekly Why: Because New York Voters Support the Bill (Jan. 24)

January 24, 2022

Distributed to New York State Lawmakers via email January 24, 2022:

Good afternoon!
I hope you had a safe & restful weekend, and that despite the Buffalo Bills’ crushing defeat last night, you have a good week ahead.
This week our campaign to Stop the Suffering and pass New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act (A.4321a/S.6471) would like to share with you the strong support voters in New York have expressed for giving terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying to avoid needless suffering.

Across every demographic — Republicans and Democrats and independents; upstaters and downstaters; voters in rural, suburban and urban areas; and voters across race, age, gender and even faith spectrums — strong majorities of New Yorkers have expressed their support for this compassionate end-of-life care option.

What’s more, your own colleagues have surveyed their own constituents about this issue in their newsletters and online, and some have shared with us they are surprised by the numbers — which always at least mirror, and often far exceed, the statewide poll numbers. And these are folks most engaged in following what their lawmakers do in Albany! If you don’t yet know where your constituents stand on this issue, or you doubt these numbers, I would encourage you to ask. I’d be happy to share with you the questions that your colleagues have asked their own constituents if you’d like some examples.
Thanks for giving this facet of our campaign your consideration today, and I look forward to answering any question you might have.


P.S.: ICYMI, please check out these two columns from conservative columnist George Will that appeared last week in the Washington Post (Medical aid in dying should not be proscribed &  Medical aid in dying is for preventing a hideous death, not for truncating an unhappy life); and also, this important story about Willem Jewett, a former Vermont lawmaker who last week used the law in that state he had helped to pass after his struggle with mucosal melanoma, a rare but aggressive form of cancer.


Weekly Why Archive

Each week that New York State Lawmakers were in session in 2022, Compassion & Choices New York provided a deep dive into each of the issues surrounding New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. You can find each of these weekly communications with lawmakers here: 

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