Advocates for medical aid in dying are back at the New York state Capitol, days prior to Mother’s Day, to again push for passage of the Medical Aid in Dying Act.
The act allows terminally ill, mentally capable adults with six months or less to live to have the option to get a prescription they can take to end their lives peacefully.
Critics of the bill, including the Center for Disability Rights, argue that, if the bill passes, disabled people “will be given the tools to end their lives.”
Last year, Capital Tonight discussed this deeply personal issue with Darren Eilert, the father of Ayla, a 24-year-old ballet dancer and artist who lost a painful battle with an aggressive form of tongue cancer. Ayla’s mother, Amy, spoke with Capital Tonight host Susan Arbetter.