Now that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill approving physician assisted suicide, national advocates have indicated that New York State is their top state priority to enact similar legislation in 2016. Compassion and Choices, the leading advocacy group for the bill has hired Corrine Corey as the new campaign director for the legislative session.
California is the fifth state to approve the use of doctor prescribe drugs to take one’s life. A bill to allow it in New York is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator John Bonacic. The California bill passed despite the strong opposition of the Catholic Church, hospice advocates and the disability community. The California Medical Society’s decision to switch from being opposed to being neutral is viewed by some as the key to the success of the bill which had not been approved in the past.
Opponents of the New York State bill are gearing up and a November 7th training and education day is being planned near Albany to discuss the issue and strategies to defeat legislative bill. This is part of a national effort helping states to defeat physician assisted suicide.