Inside New York’s End-of-Life Options Act

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB)- New York’s End-of-Life Options Act is sponsored by Sen. Diane Savino.

The legislation would allow terminally ill adult patients in New York access to aid-in-dying medication.

Terminally ill means the patient must have an incurable, irreversible illness that has been medically confirmed to lead to death within six months. A form must be signed by the qualified adult patient and two witnesses.CLICK HERE: Death With Dignity

New York’s End-of-Life Options Act is modeled after similar legislation in Oregon, which has been around for decades.

If the measure is passed, New York will become the sixth state in the county with a Death with Dignity Law.

The End-of-Lie Options Act IS NOT physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. The only patients that could quality for the aid-in-dying medication are adults with a proven terminal illness.

If passed, no doctor or hospital will be mandated to provide aid-in-dying medication to a terminally patient.

Sen. Savino told News 4 she’s hopeful the bill will move through a committee this session, and be enacted within the next two years.

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