Keep Assisted Suicide Out of NY
Assisted suicide remains a dire threat in the New York State Legislature. Multiple bills in the Assembly and Senate take on this deadly issue, seeking to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in New York State. See below for more information on these bills and the specific dangers they bring.
Call your representatives TODAY to express your opposition to these bills!
You can find your Senator through the Senate switchboard at 518-455-2800.
New York State Right to Life opposes any efforts to remove protections for vulnerable patients facing a terminal diagnosis. Individuals facing end-of-life decisions must have support and care, and we continue to work for their protection against the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide.
Please, contact your legislators, write letters to the editor of your local newspapers, call into local radio shows, and engage your social media contacts to oppose the danger of assisted suicide. Here are some helpful talking points:
- Suicide is not healthcare. Advocates of doctor-prescribed suicide use offensive terms such as “dignity” to define the act of a doctor assisting a patient in taking his/her own life. A doctor’s number one priority must be to preserve and protect the life of his/her patient and recognize when his patient needs emotional support. Society suffers when doctors choose who should and should not be saved.
- Vulnerable patients are endangered. An individual seeking suicide is in need of care and support. In all other instances, an attempt at suicide is recognized as the cry for help that it is. Patients facing daunting diagnoses should be treated no differently than any other patients in need of help. They should immediately be given appropriate care, not drugs to end their lives. We do not eliminate problems by eliminating those to whom problems happen.
- What begins as an option, quickly becomes an obligation. Patients who are at their most vulnerable, suffering from mental illness and depressing, those with disabilities, and seniors at-risk for elder abuse may feel pressured by society, medical workers, their family, and their own fear to take their own lives. This kind of emotional duress is dangerous when doctors no longer provide necessary supports and reassurances.
- Remember, killing is NOT compassion.
See our statements of opposition for more concerns about the specific assisted suicide bills introduced in the state legislature: