Kristen Hanson, Community Relations Advocate for the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, also is worried about abuse.
“I know this. I am the widow of JJ Hanson, a vibrant 36-year-old father who died of terminal brain cancer less than 4 months ago. I can assure you, as he was dying, my husband wanted, and needed, better access to in-home hospice services, but he couldn’t get it. Where was his choice?” Hanson asks. “New York ranks 48th among the 50 states for hospice utilization and it has the second-lowest number of providers per beneficiary. The State Legislature should be promoting better access to hospice and palliative care, rather than pushing assisted suicide.”
Hanson will be among those presenting at this morning’s hearing, along with Dr. Sally White. White says the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide would undermine the trust between doctor and patient.