THIS WEEK'S QUESTION:

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LAST WEEK'S QUESTION:

A number of New York State legislators are sponsoring A 2694 / S 3947, Medical Aid in Dying Act. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of New York to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.

Do you support the Medical Aid in Dying Act?

79.9% -- Yes

20.5% -- No

Total responses: 502

Comments: 155

Here are your comments:

 

And how long before these drugs are out on the street

3/17/2019 11:58 PM

I have seen the toll a long slow ding process takes on all concerned. I could not do that to anyone, if I am on the way out! It sould be our choice.

3/17/2019 10:26 PM

Absolutely agree.

3/17/2019 9:55 PM

They put down dying or serverly injured animals. It is called mercy!

3/17/2019 7:31 PM

People should have option.

3/17/2019 6:53 PM

Hospice would be upset if this passed.

3/17/2019 6:09 PM

As much as it would break my heart to say goodbye to a loved one I don't want them to just suffer. We let pets get put down so they don't have to needlessly suffer we let the person make the choice for themselves.

3/17/2019 5:06 PM

let them dy with dignety

3/17/2019 12:42 PM

Everyone’s choice

3/17/2019 10:42 AM

Yes; we can currently show more compassion for a terminally ill pet under existing law than we can a family member. There are many worse things than dying with dignity in a timely manner when all hope is lost.

3/17/2019 7:59 AM

I have seen to many terminally ill patients die in pure agony due to cancer or some other disease. There bodies ravaged down to nothing and have them say I wish I could die on my own terms.

3/17/2019 6:43 AM

I think it should obviously be unbelievably regulated, but having that available seems to be better than not having it available.

3/17/2019 2:32 AM

It is a form of suicide or murder when someone else decides for you as is abortion, murder.

3/16/2019 9:59 PM

When a life is totally without purpose or meaning and all family and acquaintances are gone,and an individual asks daily "Why am I still here

3/16/2019 8:18 PM

Death with dignity has always been possible without this!!

3/16/2019 7:09 PM

no i'm not GOD come on now read the book god is getting pissed off

3/16/2019 6:19 PM

Yes absolutely!

3/16/2019 5:05 PM

the Lord givethy and the Lord takethy away.

3/16/2019 3:53 PM

They already have determined when the unborn/just born can be "ended"...slippery slope...

3/16/2019 2:48 PM

It's my life. Let me make my decision. Don't like assistant suicide? Well they don't do it, just don't tell me how to run my life. It's my life, not yours. :-)

3/16/2019 11:56 AM

1- no proof of who used the prescription 2- despair - resulting in suicide by choice is against my religious beliefs 3-whom would be the next candidate for legalized suicide

3/16/2019 10:52 AM

why waste $$$$$$ when they want to go peacefully. You can bet the HOSPITALS won't like it!!

3/16/2019 10:09 AM

Can we get a prescription for terminally-ill St. Lawrence County? This place is close to being dead.

3/16/2019 9:15 AM

people can put a dog out of its misery so why can`t a person that is suffering do it?

3/16/2019 9:15 AM

Who is to say it is their choice or someone else's. God will do what is supposed to be.

3/16/2019 8:58 AM

Lawmakers should go beyond just terminally ill patients. This opportunity should be open to anyone who is seeking to end their life.

3/16/2019 8:36 AM

We end suffering in our pets humans need same choices.

3/16/2019 7:43 AM

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3/15/2019 7:38 PM

No. Optional today, expected after a time, and then required in the future by your "friendly" insurance company/government!

3/15/2019 2:01 PM

Absolutely, the way we force so many to die in pain is inhumane. This should have been allowed long ago.

3/15/2019 1:48 PM

No need for humans to suffer in pain, you don't let pets suffer.

3/15/2019 1:36 PM

Just contact a democrat, they love killing newborn babies so they probably wouldn't mind popping off your grandma or grandpa for you either.

3/15/2019 10:02 AM

Absolutely

3/15/2019 8:39 AM

Witnessed too much suffering.

3/15/2019 6:24 AM

It would be misused also physicians take an oath to help not hurt !!

3/14/2019 9:51 PM

Definitely

3/14/2019 6:44 PM

Although I support an individual’s right to a dignified death if they qualify medically, I knew it would be only a matter of time before the DEMS got to the elderly and/or those that may opt for their own demise! The DEMS already have legalized fantasized births; this is just another step in their goal to rule society, and don’t you think for a moment that they will not wrangle a way to, at some time in the future, enable their powers to use this newly established legislation, if it does pass, to kill you off even if it is NOT your desire! Beware of “BIG GOVERNMENT; you already have seen the DICKtator’s illicit acts relative to TAXES, GUNS, and many other things keeping you under his thumb! Good Luck to you already repressed New Yorkers! jhd

3/14/2019 4:32 PM

In Catholic faith it is a mortal sin to commit suicide. In addition , the side effects from the medication can be disfiguring.

3/14/2019 3:21 PM

what does qulified mean?

3/14/2019 1:24 PM

We have had two of our four parents living with us with terminal illness. We were the primary caregivers. It's an ugly, ugly way to go. We treat our animals better because we don't want them to suffer, yet we make our loved ones suffer and we are made to watch. It's inhumane. This bill would be such a blessing for so many people.

3/14/2019 12:31 PM

ABSOLUTELY! If we can give this level of kindness and support to our dying pets, why wouldn't we extend that to our loved ones? Anything less is just cruel.

3/14/2019 9:07 AM

1st abortion and now assisted suicide - NY continues to be called, The Death State! Maybe this'll bolster our economy.

3/14/2019 8:57 AM

People have a right to determine their own fate when faced with terminal illness.

3/14/2019 7:58 AM

We treat our animals more humanely than we are allowed our loved ones.

3/14/2019 7:09 AM

Its about time

3/14/2019 6:35 AM

It's about time...

3/13/2019 10:44 PM

it's your body - nobody can tell you that you can't end your own life. especially the dopes who can only see their own morality, and insist that no one would choose assisted suicide if they were "free from pain". Like there is no other reason to end your life.

3/13/2019 10:36 PM

Let them doesn't peacefully. But of course the pro life crowd and the religious right will say it's a sin. Maybe they can do more if they decide to pass. Idk. Maybe those on the right can protest a graveyard if they are so for life

3/13/2019 7:26 PM

I have watched cancer patients slowly die, beg for more pain meds.

3/13/2019 6:24 PM

my life my choice

3/13/2019 6:09 PM

if its good enough for livestock and domestic animals, its good enough for me

3/13/2019 4:57 PM

it would be nice to have the choice

3/13/2019 4:47 PM

Yes, why not , you can have a DNR , so why not a prescription for terminally ill. This would solve a lot of stress on families,friends and caregivers. A lot of families cannot financially afford long term health care and the stress that goes along with it.

3/13/2019 4:33 PM

Being a nurse I feel people who are dying and suffering should be able to decide when enough is enough. We do it for our animals. I do not want to be be in a nursing home, having people clean me and feed me. What kind of life is that? Let me die on my own terms and with dignity.

3/13/2019 3:34 PM

We get to do this to our animals, so they can not be in pain and die peacefully, so why can’t we!??

3/13/2019 1:40 PM

After paying taxes all your life, the state should pay for it and rip.

3/13/2019 12:34 PM

No one should suffer, yet I have watched a handful of family members wither away - some for years, months, weeks and/or days. The suffering is immeasurable, nothing peaceful or humane about their departures from the physical realm. Painful, long lasting, traumatic, not only for the actively dying but also for the family members who Love and care about them. We do the kindness to have our beLoved animals put to sleep when they are suffering yet do not offer the same Loving act for our people. For those who wish to call it a murderous act, I offer just two thoughts for you to contemplate and explore within your imagination: 1. Put yourself in the shoes of the actively dying: How do you feel knowing your death is soon certain yet not soon enough? How is your physical pain? What is your emotional pain like as you watch your Loved ones watch you suffer? Who is taking care of your physical needs - toileting, bathing, clothing your body that you can no longer care for yourself? 2. For those who wish to call out compassionate death as some religious blasphemy, I ask you who are you to make or pass judgement? You can not speak for your chosen deity, only what you believe your deity wishes based on only human references, creations or beliefs which given human history, is wrought with human folly. You do not know with absolution, you are not the Judge and your personal judgement and belief system has no right, bearing or consequence on the life or death choices of another who is terminally ill. May we find it within ourselves to learn to let go, Love unconditionally another in their time of suffering and allow them the peaceful, dignified exit that all creatures of the planet deserve.

3/13/2019 12:19 PM

Taking one's own life in this situation should not be a religious or political call. Their body -- their choice!

3/13/2019 11:05 AM

Only GOD! can choose this.

3/13/2019 10:54 AM

Everyone deserves quality and dignity in death as well as life

3/13/2019 10:51 AM

We can do it for our pets we should be able to give ourselves and family members the same dignity. No need to suffer and waste money and medical resources.

3/13/2019 9:13 AM

If people really want to end their lives they will find a way to make it happen. This idea seems to make the terminally ill in charge of their fate and disase. It will not define them! If there is no chance of recovery, I wouldn't want to wait until my body gives out and Im bed ridden for weeks because I am too week to move. I dont want to put my family through that responsibility. Let the patient decide when and where. It will bring much more peace during passing.

3/13/2019 9:06 AM

Yes, because there is no dignity to forcing a person to live quantity over quality of life when they've become 90-100% dependent on others for life saving measures. Death by natural causes when you're pretty much a vegetable is more wearing on the living than one who isn't even aware you're there anymore.

3/13/2019 9:00 AM

Terminally ill people who are suffering should have this choice. Support

3/13/2019 8:34 AM

Yes, absolutly. As a 81 year old who's been fighting cancer for the last 2 years. That law would be a god send.

3/13/2019 7:59 AM

As a registered nurse, too often I see patients suffering mightily to the end of their life. At times, these people become unrecognizable shadows of the people they once were. They do not want their families to have to remember them in this manner and the families just want the pain to end. No one should have to end their lives in such an inordinate amount of pain and suffering. Let patients say when they have had enough! Let them go with dignity and choose how they would like to be remembered by their loved ones. Though religiously, some may see this as wrong, they can simply choose to not partake in the act. However, it would be incredibly unfair to prevent another from being able to obtain this option simply because it is not in agreement with one's religion.

3/13/2019 7:34 AM

I put no only because I've seenhow this works elsewhere. In Europe this started some years back. Now, some countries are euthanizing people. There needs to be some serious protection put in place to use these types of laws.

3/13/2019 7:08 AM

It's about time....the suffering can be worse than death

3/13/2019 7:01 AM

But what happened to your "UNSURE" answer?

3/13/2019 6:14 AM

we treat animals with more dignity when it comes to them dying

3/13/2019 4:56 AM

Dying with dignity better for family too

3/12/2019 11:18 PM

Personal freedom

3/12/2019 10:48 PM

Absolutely., watched my father suffer with cancer until he passed. It was inhumane to watch him in so much pain and lose all dignity.

3/12/2019 9:37 PM

We do not let animals suffer, why prolong the inevidable?

3/12/2019 8:46 PM

one step closer to euthanasia----and the decision could be anyones!!! thats exactly how abortion got started-- only in cases of rape incest or if mothers life was at stake--look where we are now!!!!!

3/12/2019 8:24 PM

Absolutely. We should have the right to make our own decision about this. My parents are in their 90's and if they asked me if this was okay, I would definitely support them. They are okay, but one small step away from assisted living, which neither wants. Give people the choice.

3/12/2019 8:02 PM

Also known as Assisted Suicide!!

3/12/2019 7:10 PM

It's murder. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

3/12/2019 6:36 PM

God should be the one to pass that Bill NOT the legislators!!!

3/12/2019 3:21 PM

Absolutely. 100%.

3/12/2019 2:30 PM

It is a Right to Choose.

3/12/2019 2:09 PM

State facilitated genocide! Socialism running rampant and not willing to sustain life.

3/12/2019 1:58 PM

Absolutely. We don't let our beloved animals suffer, we shouldn't let our loved ones suffer either if it's their choice to end their suffering.

3/12/2019 1:03 PM

Emphatic yes! It is sad that we cannot offer this to our human family members. People should have the right to end their life on their own terms if they are faced with terminal illness.

3/12/2019 12:59 PM

Why not. Libs want dead babies, dead seniors, dead vets, dead conservatives, dead men, dead straights, dead earners... need I go on? Unless you are gay or radical left, the the democratic party wants you dead or out of New York State.

3/12/2019 11:55 AM

As long as people interested can be found to have a sound mind while making the decision.

3/12/2019 11:47 AM

it is about time.Thank you

3/12/2019 11:26 AM

Yes, I believe this is a humane loving gift/option to give a terminally ill patient/family member. And it means a person can remain in thei home in NY instead of looking to another state to allow them this option.

3/12/2019 11:19 AM

It is a horrible thing to watch a terminally ill person suffer right up to the very end. In a case like that, people should have the right to choose.

3/12/2019 11:10 AM

If you're dying anyway you should have the right to decide when and how.

3/12/2019 10:49 AM

Yes, it should be legal to allow terminally ill people and their families to minimize added near-death agony ?

3/12/2019 10:30 AM

This is the first step on my Grandma's "slippery slope" axiom that says once you feel comfortable taking the first step toward something you KNOW to be morally wrong, the steps get easier all the way to the end where society collapses.

3/12/2019 10:29 AM

It is about time!

3/12/2019 9:55 AM

No I do not support this legislation. Such legislation is a slippery slope which will lead to physician assisted suicide and other legislation which will rob dignity from patients, rather than protecting their dignity.

3/12/2019 9:45 AM

The medical aid in dying act should always be available to those who choose to use it if they can qualify to do so.

3/12/2019 9:39 AM

If appropriate end of life care is not being offered or available then this would be the only choice.

3/12/2019 9:17 AM

This should be available for anyone who needs it, they have be talking about it for much to long. No one should be forced to commit suicide or to drag out their suffering and lose all their dignity.

3/12/2019 9:16 AM

sure i support this, but then i am a bit old school, if i was dying of something i wouldn't piss away money to live a few more weeks or months suffering, if i was terminally ill i would just eat a bullet and get it over with. my grandfather pissed away $200,000 over 2 years fighting cancer and living in misery before he succumbed to it, same with my grandmother, lots of old people get sick with little to no chance of recovery and they piss away fortunes buying a few months to a year living in pain a misery (why health insurance is so high and obamacare tried to lower their costs by forcing everyone else to pay for insurance distributing the costs). i won't live like that, if my times up i would accept it and its something everyone should do as well.

3/12/2019 9:15 AM

I believe that the lord should have that right

3/12/2019 8:32 AM

What the heck?

3/12/2019 8:30 AM

Why not make it easier on your family and save the expense of a long drawn out death.

3/12/2019 8:18 AM

Too many families might decide to end the persons life too soon. More for family than I’ll person.

3/12/2019 6:48 AM

We don't allow animals to be put through a long, agonizing death. Human beings should have the same option.

3/12/2019 6:47 AM

It’s about time!

3/12/2019 6:33 AM

Have you people no shame. Stop encouraging this crap.

3/12/2019 5:56 AM

It is against my religion.

3/11/2019 11:46 PM

-Miami Florida

3/11/2019 8:07 PM

Why suffer, why let family suffer.

3/11/2019 7:01 PM

Long overdue!

3/11/2019 6:04 PM

I am currently watching my 85 year old father slowly pass in exactly the way he didn't want to. It's horrible process to watch.

3/11/2019 5:58 PM

Well, well, well!! This fits in quite nicely with the recent passing of the bill which allows new-born babies to be killed, after a "polite" discussion between mother and doctor. Of course, no one asked the baby if she or he wanted to live! That baby had no opinion. Are we soon going to be a state where killing is the norm and respect for life not recognized? God gave us the babies and god will decide when to take our last breath. Don't let lawmakers take the role of being gods! For goodness sake, i see more compassion to abandoned kittens and puppies. Isn't a human life considered worth saving?

3/11/2019 5:46 PM

It’s not in a doctors interest to help someone end their life.

3/11/2019 5:36 PM

Only if my insurance covers the drug

3/11/2019 5:21 PM

Absolutely and it is about time, it is our right!

3/11/2019 5:15 PM

we take better care of dogs and cats when terminal ill

3/11/2019 4:27 PM

its not natural.....its a form of suicide!

3/11/2019 4:18 PM

Your body, your right. There is no moral, legal or political reason to deny someone the right to live or die on their own terms. Gary Johnson for President 2020!

3/11/2019 3:46 PM

God decides when and if someone passes away. What is this country becoming??

3/11/2019 2:58 PM

Oregon has had this for years. It is a good idea. See How to die in Oregon, for a good documentary.

3/11/2019 2:46 PM

I do, but don’t at the same time. I’m hoping bills like this don’t take away from the value of life. I see so many political issues nowadays that take away from the value of life.

3/11/2019 2:35 PM

To those who would claim that suicide is a sin, I'd just like to point out that someone who would make this choice is in hell already.

3/11/2019 2:25 PM

Yes, why let them suffer if there's nothing medically left that can be done to give a person a better life. I know I wouldn't want to continue on in pain or not being able to do anything.

3/11/2019 2:17 PM

the government wants to kill you before born or when no longer paying taxes,keep up the good work mr. trump

3/11/2019 2:00 PM

I can see by the title of this survey which way the sponsors of this survey leans "Death with Dignity"...I do not support. What't the next step?, politicians and physicians determining when to put someone down...NO!

3/11/2019 1:23 PM

Absolutely. If I have a terminal disease then it should be my right to end my life rather than wait for the disease to run its course, suffering along the way. We are more humane to our pets.

3/11/2019 12:48 PM

these people need the dignity that this would provide them

3/11/2019 12:23 PM

Let people die with some dignity.

3/11/2019 12:21 PM

After watching a loved one wither away over days of "hospice care" I'd much rather a dignified solution be available. We have this for our pets, why not for our loved ones.

3/11/2019 12:13 PM

First they came for babies, now it's grandma, next it will be you! The danger is family members may pressure older people too end their lives, another godless liberal idea!

3/11/2019 12:02 PM

Let's show the same degree of compassion to humans suffering from terminal diseases that we show other animals.

3/11/2019 11:51 AM

Having a choice is always a good thing

3/11/2019 11:40 AM

It's obvious which position this website is taking just by how the website posed the question. Why stop with the "terminal" folks? Aren't we all terminal?

3/11/2019 11:23 AM

My Life, "MY" Choice!

3/11/2019 10:49 AM

I have to pay for the costs associated with adult residents of NY who kill themselves with sugar, tobacco, and alcohol. It seems only humane that I be allowed the option to end my life with dignity if circumstances warrant it.

3/11/2019 10:30 AM

Absolutely! We don't let our pets linger and suffer, but do not afford the same compassion and peace our loved ones.

3/11/2019 10:24 AM

We are kinder to animals in this respect than we are to humans.

3/11/2019 10:07 AM

We choose to end the suffering of beloved pets. Why shouldn't we have the same choice for ourselves?

3/11/2019 9:58 AM

the problem would be collecting thier life insurance due to suicide. This should also be added.

3/11/2019 9:43 AM

why can we put a horse or dog out of their misery, but not our selves? That is a question unanswered, except by the religious gutless. THEY want God to do it.........

3/11/2019 9:42 AM

It is about time we give treatment to people that currently reserve for pets. I think that this option should be part of a preplanned, documented, health care proxy that is put in place by the patient who has the mental capacity to make sound decisions.

3/11/2019 9:29 AM

We call it the humane thing to do to our family pets, yet we don't allow the same dignity of our ailing human family.

3/11/2019 9:16 AM

I am tired of people playing God and forcing people to undergo medical treatments to extend their lives. My father-in-law passed four years ago at 84, six of his last years he had zero quality of live and wanted to end dialysis treatments. He wasted away into a shadow of his former self and died in pain a bitter man.

3/11/2019 9:09 AM

Most terminally ill are afraid of three things: being a burden to others, pain and being alone. All three are easily treated. We just need to be willing to take good care of each other, no matter what.

3/11/2019 9:01 AM

We should have that choice.I support that act !

3/11/2019 8:59 AM

Another reason to move out of New York!

3/11/2019 8:57 AM

that should be left up to the person.

3/11/2019 8:49 AM

Absolutely yes. We give our dogs and cats more regard in this matter than we do humans. Let's take religion out of the personal lives of those who may not make the "godly" choice, and let them end their suffering.

3/11/2019 8:47 AM

Sometimes it's about quality in living and not the quanity of years.

3/11/2019 8:38 AM

should have a not sure choice. Abortion kills babies. now kill old people?? where does it stop

3/11/2019 8:34 AM

We do as much for our beloved pets!

3/11/2019 8:30 AM

My life, my choice.

3/11/2019 8:25 AM

We live in a culture of Death! First we kill our babies now we'll kill each other. How "civilized" we've become!

3/11/2019 8:24 AM

Yes, if they are mentally sound.

3/11/2019 8:10 AM

I guess it is their own decision, but it feels like a slippery slope.

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