NY high court rejects Constitutional right to assisted suicide

September 8, 2017


Alexander Ryley

Director, Elderly Project


On Wednesday, our state's highest court, the NY Court of Appeals, rejected the argument that mentally competent, terminally ill patients have a right under our state constitution to physician-assisted suicide.  In so ruling, the court upheld the rulings of lower courts in New York.


The plaintiffs in the case had asked the court to declare a constitutional right to "aid-in-dying," which they defined as the right of a mentally competent and terminally ill person to obtain a prescription for a lethal dosage of drugs from a physician to in order to hasten death.

If you'd like some compelling subway reading, you can download the 81-page decision by clicking here.