New York residents are waiting to learn whether assisted suicide will become the law of the land.
Proponents of doctor-assisted suicide filed suit attempting to overturn state law forbidding individuals from helping others end their lives. Stephen Hayford of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom – a pro-life, pro-family lobbying group – outlines the pro-assisted-suicide views expressed before the New York Court of Appeals.
"[They say] this existing ban on assisting other people's suicide attempts is unconstitutional," he explains, "that it violates equal protection guarantees of the New York State Constitution, that it violates fundamental rights of individuals under the New York State Constitution."
None of which is true, Hayford argues. He tells OneNewsNow that the state's attorney presented valid arguments on upholding the law against assisted suicide.
On the other hand, he contends that the attorney for the plaintiff had poor arguments, and that his tone revealed a lack of respect for the judges at times.
Hayford says every judge presently on the court was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and is liberal, making the upcoming decision a toss-up – and a cause of concern for the pro-life community.