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Terminally Ill Patients Sue for Right to Die in NY

Three terminally ill patients have filed a suit against New York State seeking an order that would exempt their doctors from prosecution for aiding in their deaths. So reports The New York Daily News.

Steve Goldenberg, Sara Myers and Eric Seiff—who are dying from AIDS, ALS, and bladder cancer, respectively—argue a mentally competent patient choosing a peaceful death is not suicide under New York’s assisted suicide statute. So far, no doctors have been prosecuted under the statute.

Nevertheless, a representative from End of Life Choices in New York, one of the many organizations that joined the patients as plaintiffs in the suit, estimates that if the lawsuit is successful, between 200 and 300 New Yorkers who die from illness each year may opt for life-ending medication.

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