New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that he would sign a law allowing physician-assisted suicide in his state.
A pro-abortion Democrat who claims to be Catholic, Cuomo drew national outrage earlier this year when he signed a law allowing unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth. The law drew massive outrage for stripping away basically all protections for unborn babies and some for women, too.
Though the Catholic Church opposes assisted suicide and abortion, Cuomo apparently supports them both.
In an interview Tuesday with WAMC, he said he would sign a law allowing patients to request lethal drugs from a doctor to kill themselves.
A bill currently before the state legislature would allow a patient believed to have a life expectancy of six months or less to request drugs from a doctor to commit suicide.
Cuomo said he would support assisted suicide legislation as long as two physicians sign off on the request, according to the report.
Dennis Poust of the New York Catholic Conference, however, warned that the bill would be extremely dangerous. He described it as a “romanticized pro-suicide message at a time of increasing suicide rates.”
Follow LifeNews.com on Instagram for pro-life pictures and videos.
Earlier this year, Maine became the eighth state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. Seven states (California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont) and Washington D.C. also permit the dangerous practice of allowing physicians to write lethal prescriptions to certain groups of people to kill themselves.
Disability rights groups strongly oppose assisted suicide laws, as do pro-life and religious organizations.
Patients Rights Action Fund Executive Director Matt Valliere commented on the New Jersey law: “People with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, and terminally ill patients are at greatest risk – dangerous public policies often ignore the voices of the vulnerable. They are already at a disadvantage when they try to gain equal access to healthcare, and this law will only increase the challenges they face.”
In states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal, a growing number of sick people are being denied medical treatment coverage and offered assisted suicide instead. Stephanie Packer, a California wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, said her insurance company refused to cover the cost of her medical treatment, but it would have paid for drugs for her to commit suicide. Patients in other states have reported similar denials.
Left-wing billionaire George Soros is backing efforts to legalize assisted suicide as well as to defend abortion on demand.