Assisted Suicide Case Goes to Top NY Court

The debate over physician-assisted suicide has gone before New York state’s highest court. The Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case filed by terminally ill patients who say they should be allowed to seek life-ending medication from their physician. The attorney for the plaintiffs says laws against assisting a suicide shouldn’t apply to terminal patients seeking help from physicians because of an incurable condition.
An attorney for the state, however, countered that assisted suicide is a question of policy that must be left to the Legislature.
A ruling is expected this summer.
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It’s egg-laying season for turtles, and New York conservation officials are asking drivers to watch out for the reptiles on roads near wetlands. The Department of Environmental Conservation says thousands of turtles are killed by vehicles each year as they make their way to and from nesting areas in May and June.