People with terminal illnesses shouldn't have to suffer
Support the right of terminally ill adults in New York to end their lives peacefully, in a dignified way, surrounded by family and loved ones.
What is the Medical Aid in Dying Act?
Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, New York’s
Medical Aid in Dying Act would allow qualified, terminally ill adult
residents of New York to legally obtain a prescription from their physician
for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the
place and time of their choosing.
If New York’s law passes, a patient requesting aid-in-dying medication will
have to be at least 18 years old, mentally capable of making and
communicating health care decisions, and diagnosed with a terminal disease
that will result in death within six months.
A patient who meets the basic requirements above will be prescribed
aid-in-dying medication only if:
The patient makes a verbal request to their doctor.
The patient gives a written request to the doctor, signed in front of
two qualified, adult witnesses. (The proposed laws set out the specific
form that the patient must use.)
The prescribing doctor and one other doctor confirm the patient’s
diagnosis and prognosis.
The prescribing doctor and one other doctor determine that the patient
is capable of making medical decisions.
The patient has a psychological examination, if either doctor feels the
patient’s judgment is impaired.
The prescribing doctor confirms that the patient is not being coerced or
unduly influenced by others when making the request.
The prescribing doctor informs the patient of any feasible alternatives
to the medication, including care to relieve pain and keep the patient
The prescribing doctor asks the patient to notify their next of kin of
the prescription request. (The doctor cannot require the patient to notify
The prescribing doctor offers the patient the opportunity to withdraw
the request for aid-in-dying medication before granting the prescription.
Finally, to use the medication, the patient must be able to ingest it on
Medical aid in dying does not create more deaths. It gives those who are
dying a medical option to end their suffering.