07 Sep NY High Court Strikes Down ‘Right to Assisted Suicide’ Suit
New York’s ban on assisted suicide stands after the state’s highest court rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor.
The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban doesn’t violate the state constitution.
The case was brought by patients and advocates who say New Yorkers with a terminal illness shouldn’t have to suffer needlessly.
The ruling isn’t expected to end the debate as advocates will try again next year to pass legislation to permit physician-assisted suicide. That bill didn’t get a vote this year.