New York’s Courts Gave a Definitive and Resounding No to Assisted Suicide

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Richard Doerflinger writes that the recent New York Court of Appeals ruling against assisted suicide in that state is more than just a a small victory in the fight against the practice, but a complete defeat for the doctor-prescribed suicide lobby.

He notes that in a very liberal state all eleven of the officials who rejected the assisted suicide argument by Compassion & Choices—the attorney general and ten judges—were appointed by pro-choice Democrats, which shows that opposition to doctor-prescribed suicide is not just a right-wing conservative issue.

Doerflinger also notes that the courts rejected Compassion & Choices bizarre claim that assisted suicide, i.e. helping people kill themselves, is not suicide or assisted suicide. He writes, “C&C’s claim was dismissed as what it is: an effort to obfuscate the issue by substituting euphemism for reality.” The courts also rejected all of C&C’s other claims made on constitutional grounds that the right to kill oneself is the same as the right to refuse treatment and it is a fundamental constitutional freedom. And they reiterated that banning assisted suicide is a legitimate government interest.

In fact, it was such a resounding repudiation of every argument that assisted suicide proponents makes that Doerflinger writes: “In effect, New York’s entire judicial system has said to the assisted suicide lobby: ‘What is it about the word ‘No’ that you don’t understand?’”

But, of course, Compassion & Choices isn’t giving up yet. They have identified Massachusetts as a top priority in their effort to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide everywhere, as shown at the recent hearing on DPS bills on Beacon Hill, when they flew in their hired guns and large, expensive staff to push their agenda. They know that if they can’t get the courts to agree, they’ll legalize it in the legislature. And if the legislature doesn’t agree, they’ll try the courts. And if they can’t get it there, they’ll try voter referendum. They won’t give up.

Well, neither will Massachusetts Citizens for Life stop defending life. With your support, we can continue to stand up for life against the pro-death agenda. Become a member or make a donation today to join the fight.

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  • commented 2017-10-18 21:35:32 -0400
    You may like the concept but The non transparent laws in OR, WA, CA & CO brightly provide immunity for predators (corporations, strangers, caregivers, heirs, guardians…) to complete the killing all before the family knows. I am not for that.