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The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

For more information please see our website: humanistsociety.net

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Medical Aid in Dying: Smart, Compassionate Policy for New York

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Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Yorkers deserve the full range of medical options. Medical aid in dying allows a mentally capable adult with a prognosis of six months or less to live, to request and receive medication that they may bring about a peaceful death, so long as they are able to self-ingest the medication.

Eleven U.S. jurisdictions have medical aid in dying. The NY State Catholic Conference has stalled such a law in Albany for seven years despite polls showing the vast majority of New Yorkers support the bill. Each year the legislature stalls, more terminally ill New Yorkers die suffering.

This presentation will describe what legislation authorizing medical aid in dying would do; how it has worked in other jurisdictions; who uses this option; what support the legislation currently has; who opposes it and why; and how individuals & organizations that believe in bodily autonomy can support it to strengthen the campaign.

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Compassion & Choices (C&C) is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. C&C works towards a society where people receive state-of-the-art care and a full range of choices for dying in comfort, dignity and control. Corinne Carey led the successful campaign for New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, which took effect on August 1, 2019, and now coordinates the organization’s efforts to pass New York’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. She joined C&C after nearly a decade with the New York Civil Liberties Union where she served as Deputy Legislative Director. At NYCLU, she engaged in advocacy around a wide range of civil liberties issues, concentrating on public health, medical privacy, discrimination, drug law reform, and reproductive rights issues. She led the campaign to pass a 10-point Women’s Equality Agenda as co-chair of the New York State Women’s Equality Coalition. All 10 points, including strengthening equal pay laws and codifying Roe v. Wade into state statute, have become law.

Prior to her tenure at the NYCLU, Corinne was a researcher with the U.S. Program at Human Rights Watch where she focused on access to public housing for people with criminal records, punitive and ineffective sex offender registries, and the treatment of prisoners during Hurricane Katrina.

Corinne holds a masters degree in American Studies from the Univ. at Buffalo, and she graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from SUNY Buffalo School of Law in 1998. She also volunteers as a political & public affairs correspondent for the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, an evening radio show on WOOC 105.3 FM out of the Sanctuary for Independent Media in the capital region,

This program will take place online, via Zoom, on Sunday, December 11th, 2022 at 1 PM. Current paid CDHS members will receive an invite to the meeting via e mail***.***

ANY ONE WHO IS NOT A CURRENT PAID MEMBER of CDHS CAN ATTEND. Send an e mail request to: [masked], several days prior. Please note: Recent changes in Meetup prevent posting the Zoom link on this page.

To learn more about us please go to: www.humanistsociety.net

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism. CDHS is a member organization for people with humanist values. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship

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