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Advocates criticize legislature’s failure to pass Medical Aid in Dying Act

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For the 10th consecutive year, New York’s Legislature has failed to pass the Medical Aid in Dying Act, leaving advocates and terminally ill New Yorkers frustrated and disappointed. Corinne Carey, senior campaign director for Compassion & Choices, vowed to continue the fight, starting the campaign for 2025 immediately.

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Terminally ill New Yorkers, like Brian Moffett, who is battling ALS, and Jules Netherland, living with stage 4 breast cancer, expressed their dismay. “I am terrified thinking about the suffering I know I will go through,” Moffett said. Netherland added, “The Legislature’s inaction means more terminally ill New Yorkers will die without the option of a peaceful death.”

Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to request medication to end their life peacefully. Although supported by 72% of New Yorkers, the bill has yet to be debated in the Legislature. Advocates promise to return in January to push for the bill’s passage, highlighting the urgency for those living on borrowed time.