26 Jan Assisted suicide bill on the balance in Empire State
Both sides of the doctor-assisted suicide issue are squaring off in New York, the latest battleground state.
Last year, a bill was filed to allow doctors to provide a lethal prescription to facilitate doctor-assisted suicide under certain circumstances, but there were not enough votes to pass it. The same bill has been submitted this session.
Dennis Vacco, a New York attorney and former attorney general of the state, tells OneNewsNow the bill would allow the death pill to be prescribed to a patient with only six months to live.
Vacco says one problem with that is that a medical degree cannot guarantee that a doctor can determine when a person will die of natural causes – six months, or seven or eight or even 18 months.