The dangers of allowing assisted suicide


Assemblyman Kevin Cahill did well when he voted against previous bills to legalize assisted suicide in New York. Assisted suicide bills are inherently discriminatory and they make for dangerous public policy that puts a great number of vulnerable people at risk of deadly harm through mistakes, abuse and coercion.

On Dec. 30, 2017, my husband and the love of my life, JJ Hanson, passed away from terminal brain cancer. He was only 36 years old. Throughout his life, JJ served other people. He was a volunteer fireman, a Marine Corps war veteran, he served New York state under governors Spitzer and Patterson, and he was the Budget Director of Ulster County. And after JJ was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2014, he joined the Patients Rights Action Fund, devoting his final days to protecting vulnerable patients from the legalization of assisted suicide.

Before JJ died, I promised him that I would continue to share his story and fight to protect terminal patients like him from the legalization of assisted suicide.

After a seizure unexpectedly sent JJ to the hospital in May 2014, we were told that he had Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) — the deadliest form of brain cancer. The neurosurgeon said it was inoperable, and gave JJ four months to live. Three different doctors told us there was nothing we could do.

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