Thursday, January 14, 2021

New York State to debate assisted suicide study bill.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Assembly member Kevin A Cahill (D) has introduced New York State Bill 198 on January 6, 2021. The purpose of Bill 198 is to require the commissioner of health to conduct a study on assisted suicide.

An assisted suicide study bill is not necessary unless someone wants to legalize assisted suicide.

Link to Bill 198.

An Act in relation to requiring the commissioner of health to conduct a study relating to medical aid in dying.

According to the bill the commissioner of health must submit the report including recommendations no later than December 31, 2022.

In May 1994, the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law published a 217 page report titled "When Death Is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context." The 1994 effectively explained why assisted suicide and euthanasia should not be legalized. Link to the report.

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