Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life.

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.

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 first 20 reasons and the stories that illustrated them that we shared while the legislature was in session, and watch this page for the remaining 30 reasons when we relaunch our campaign. 

In the meantime, we offered a 2-part webinar series to New York lawmakers on Understanding Options & Resources. On May 18, 2020, special guest Dr. Jeff Gardere (“America’s Psychologist”) and the team at Compassion & Choices presented information and resources regarding advance care planning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Compassion & Choices has created specialized toolkits and information to empower patients to finish strong. This webinar is designed to make you more comfortable and empowered to navigate these challenging times and be able to share these resources with your constituents. 

On June 1, our second webinar featured Dan Diaz, husband of the late Brittany Maynard, and senior campaign director Corinne Carey, who talked about what exactly New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act would do, and what it wouldn’t do. Our hope is that this webinar will give you greater insight into the legislation you will be called on to discuss in the coming year. 

Recordings of both of these webinars are available below. You can request a speaker to come to your district—virtually or in-person—to talk about the tools available to your constituents to help them plan for the care that they want and deserve at the end of life in the age of COVID-19 and beyond.

Simply email Amanda Cavanaugh at [email protected] to request additional resources or a speaker. 

We hope you’ll find these resources helpful!