NY State Medical Society Maintains Opposition to Aid in Dying/Assisted Suicide Bill

Here is the press release from the Medical Society of the State of New York.  Advocates for legislation to support aid in dying/assisted suicide had a lobby day today (May 14) to push for the bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Diane Savino.  Governor Cuomo weighed in on the issue in recent weeks saying the bill needs to be addressed.  New Jersey passed similar legislation but Maryland and Connecticut defeated attempts to pass the bill.  The legislation here in New York still does not seem to have enough votes to pass.  It has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the health committees of the Assembly or Senate.

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2019

MSSNY Statement re: Medical Aid in Dying

Statement attributable to:
Arthur Fougner, MD
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

“As physicians, we value the importance of each person’s life. There are great disparities in access and quality of care at the end of life and we are particularly concerned about the impact of Medical Aid in Dying on vulnerable populations.

“Medical Aid in Dying is a complex issue with great variations in the wishes of patients as to the application of care as they approach the end of their natural lifespan or are faced with a terminal illness. The Medical Society of the State of New York is opposed to physician assisted suicide, but we continue to examine the issue through MSSNY’s  Task Force on End of Life Care, which is looking at all aspects of the issue.  MSSNY is committed to work with physicians and groups on both sides of this difficult question to improve access and quality of palliative care for all of our patients, particularly in their last days.“