Position on Death with Dignity
During the 2017 State Convention a proposal to consider concurrence with LWV Utah's position on Death with Dignity was approved by convention delegates. The Board, at its July meeting, approved a Feb. 15 deadline date for return of the forms indicating your League's approval or rejection of this update and concurrence.
1. The League of Women Voters of New York believes state laws should grant the option for a terminally ill person to request medical assistance from a relevant, licensed physician to end one's life.
2. The League of Women Voters of New York believes such legislation should include safeguards against abuse of the dying and medical personnel who act in good faith and compliance with the law.
The LWV of Utah underwent a study of this issue and adopted such a position. The following information is taken from their study. The entire study and other background materials can be found below. Additional information is available on the Death With Dignity Albany Website http://www.deathwithdignityalbany.org .