Currently, six states and the District of Columbia provide the option of legal, physician-assisted suicide. New York is not one of those states.
In an attempt to change that, advocates from Compassion and Choices joined state senators and other legislators Tuesday morning outside the Senate lobby on the third floor of the state capitol. They were there to begin a campaign to pass New York's Medical Aid in Dying Act this year.
Opponents of the bill were also in attendance.
According to Compassion and Choices, a majority of voters support aid-in-dying measures, and the group believes this is the year the law will pass. The group says the end-of-life option is one few people will use, but the group says it will provide countless others with peace of mind.