NY Catholics asked to oppose physician-assisted suicide - Catholic Courier

NY Catholics asked to oppose physician-assisted suicide

New York’s Catholics are again being asked to express their opposition to physician-assisted suicide.

The state’s lawmakers are once again considering legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe doses of lethal medications to terminally ill patients. The Medical Aid in Dying Act — A995/S2445 — was introduced in January 2023 and did not make it out of the Senate and Assembly’s health committees before the end of the 2023 legislative session in June, but it was referred to the health committees again on Jan. 3.

Advocates of physician-assisted suicide are “pushing hard for a vote to legalize this deadly practice” in New York, according to an Action Alert sent via email Jan. 17 by the New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the state’s Catholic bishops in public-policy matters. The Catholic conference is urging New York’s Catholics to contact their representatives in the state’s Senate and Assembly and ask them to oppose the proposed legislation.

“Lawmakers need to hear from their constituents if we hope to avoid yet another assault on human life here,” the alert stated.

Physician-assisted suicide is particularly dangerous for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, the poor, the under-insured, people in medically underserved communities, people with depression and people living with disabilities, according to a pre-written, editable message to legislators, which may be found under the Take Action! tab on the state Catholic conference’s website, www.nyscatholic.org.

“Such individuals will be pressured into choosing death over life by health insurance decisions to fund only the least costly treatment; by family members feeling overburdened or even those wishing to exploit their loved ones; by medical professionals who may subtly make judgments about whose lives are worth living. A state policy of physician-assisted suicide can only lead to coercion and abuse,” the message states.

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