Showing posts with label A 2694. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

ADA Will Trump Euthanasia Prohibition

By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

Pending New York bills seek to pass a medical aid in dying act.[1] "Aid in dying" is a euphemism for active euthanasia, meaning the administration of a lethal agent to another person.[2][3]

The act also prohibits euthanasia, stating:
A health care professional or other person shall not administer the medication [lethal dose] to the patient. (Emphasis added).[4]
This prohibition is, however, unenforceable. This is due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Margaret Dore Testifies Against New York Bill

On May 3, 2018, Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, testified before the New York Assembly Health Committee in opposition to Bill A.2383-A, seeking to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. The bill was based on a similar law in Oregon.

Proponents had sold the bill as limited to assisted suicide, with euthanasia (direct killing) prohibited.  Dore, a practicing attorney, pointed out that the apparent prohibition was gutted by other language in the bill, so that euthanasia was in fact allowed.

Dore also testified that the bill would apply to people with years or decades to live. To illustrate the point, she held up a smiling photo of her friend, Jeanette Hall, talked out of assisted suicide in Oregon eighteen years ago.

On June 21, 2018, the Legislature closed without voting on the bill, effectively killing it.

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