ALBANY – New York’s highest court rejected the argument Thursday that mentally competent, terminally ill patients have a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide, upholding lower court rulings.

The plaintiffs in the case,Myers v. Schneiderman, 77, had asked the Court of Appeals to declare a constitutional right to so-called aid-in-dying, which they defined as the right of a mentally competent and terminally ill person to obtain a prescription for a lethal dosage of drugs from a physician to hasten death.

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