NY Court Uphold Ban on Assisted Suicide

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NY Court Uphold Ban on Assisted Suicide

Bradley Mattes   |   September 26, 2017

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s top court, unanimously ruled legislation against physician-assisted suicide was constitutional.  In Myers v. Schneiderman the Court ruled there were “legitimate government interests” in protecting human life.  The judges made a distinction between the right of a patient to refuse life-sustaining treatment and the right of a physician to intentionally help kill the patient.  Further, if the plaintiffs didn’t like the outcome, the judges suggested they pursue a remedy through the state legislature.  It’s good to see the New York Court follow precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court 20 years ago.  Then, the Court unanimously ruled the constitution provided no fundamental right to assisted suicide. It was the Roe v Wade of euthanasia.

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