The proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act (A2694/S3947) presents New York with an opportunity to join other states in helping to prevent the prolonging of suffering for terminally-ill patients. My hope is that the law would help to grant more power to patients who are trapped in a situation where it is easy to feel powerless.
I am a co-sponsor of this legislation because I believe it is an important step in promoting patient autonomy and physician humanity. New Jersey (2019) and Vermont (2013) have both passed laws that grant terminally ill patients bodily autonomy. Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have proposed similar bills. I would encourage supporters to reach out to their elected representatives and express their views.
Sandy Galef, Albany
Galef represents Philipstown in the state Assembly.