ALBANY – New York’s highest court will hear arguments later this month over whether state statutes and its constitution provide room for physicians to legally prescribe medications to help terminally ill, mentally competent people end their own lives, if the patients choose.

The action, Myers v. Schneiderman, 77, is being brought by three individuals who say they may face questions on whether to seek end-of-life medical assistance, as well as four physicians and a PhD nurse from End of Life Choices New York. The plaintiffs’ brief was prepared with assistance from Kathryn Tucker, an attorney for End of Life Liberty Project, a Seattle, Washington-based organization that advocates for palliative care, pain management and aid in dying for the terminally ill.

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