This week, the New York State Legislature recessed for the session without taking action on the Medical Aid in Dying Act. That means that the bill will not become law this year.
Though I’m disappointed in this outcome, I feel proud of the work we’ve done together this year. In 2017 alone, supporters like you sent more than 2700 letters to your lawmakers asking them to allow medical aid in dying. You showed up at events across the state, made a big impression in Albany on lobby day, and met in person with your lawmakers.
And we have quite a bit to show for your work. The number of sponsors of the Medical Aid in Dying Act has grown from 15 to 29, we’ve received support from statewide organizations like the New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York Public Health Association, and the Medical Society of the State of New York is surveying its members about their attitudes towards medical aid in dying. With your help, we’ve achieved success — and we need you to stay engaged.
Join our statewide call to hear about the next steps for our campaign:
WHAT: Compassion & Choices New York Statewide Campaign Call
WHERE: Dial-in number: 1-800-719-7514, Conference code is: 401746
WHEN: Monday, June 26, at 7:00 p.m.
RSVP for the call here.
Learn about our plans while the legislature is in recess, our strategy for reaching out to doctors, and upcoming volunteer opportunities from me and Amanda Cavanaugh, our New York campaign organizer. We’ll also be joined by Compassion & Choices National Director of Legal Advocacy Kevin Diaz, who will discuss our legal work to authorize medical aid in dying, and Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, a cosponsor of the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
Joining this call will give you an up-close view on what we’ll be doing this summer and fall to prepare for the next legislative session in January. We’ll talk about upcoming opportunities to get involved, including outreach at the New York State Fair — one of our best events last year.
RSVP to join us for the call next week.
Thanks for all you do,
NY Campaign Director