NY lawmakers to hold hearing on physician-assisted suicide

ALBANY, N.Y. — State lawmakers in New York are examining a legislative proposal to give terminally ill people the right to seek life-ending medication from their physician.

The Assembly’s Health Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the measure Monday in Albany. A second hearing is planned for May 3 in New York City.

A proposal now before lawmakers would require two doctors to sign off on the use of life-ending medication. It has been proposed for years but has yet to receive a vote in the Legislature.

Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have laws allowing people to seek a doctor’s help in ending their life.