February 12, 2015
By AARON KHERIATY and PAUL MCHUGH / Contributing Writers
In the wake of Brittany Maynard’s highly publicized death, many advocates are pressing for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for patients in the throes of terminal illness, as in California’s recently introduced Senate Bill 128, a “death-with-dignity” measure. The claim to such a right raises many questions. For instance, if there is a “right to assisted suicide,” why would such a right be restricted only to those in the throes of terminal illness? What about the elderly person suffering a slow but nonterminal decline, or the young adult in the throes of depression, demoralization or despair?
Once we adopt the principle that assisted suicide is acceptable, then the fences erected around it – having six months to live, or having mental capacity, for example – are inevitably arbitrary.
Read more: Assisted suicide places most vulnerable at risk
February 9, 2015
A bill to legalize assisted suicide has been introduced in the NYS Assembly (A2129), and will be introduced Monday, Feb. 9 in the Senate by Brad Hoylman and Diane Savino, according to the assisted suicide advocacy group, Compassion and Choices. Not Dead Yet is a national disability group based in New York which opposes assisted suicide legislation, and the group’s leaders are available for interviews.
Read more: Media Advisory: New York Disability Rights Group Opposes NY Assisted Suicide Bill