Advocates to urge NY to give terminally ill 'right to die'

FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, a nurse hooks up an IV to a patient. FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, a nurse hooks up an IV to a patient. | Photo: AP Photo/David Goldman, File.

May 13, 2019 10:45 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Supporters of legislation that would allow people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending drugs from a physician are heading to Albany.

Organizers say dozens of advocates will be in the Capitol on Tuesday, with many sharing personal stories about the suffering experienced by loved ones with terminal illnesses.

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The bill isn't scheduled for a vote but supporters say they're feeling more optimistic after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign the bill into law if it passes.

The bill before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.

Eight states and Washington, D.C., already allow people to seek a doctor's help in ending their lives.


Chris Rooney

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