Physician Assisted Suicide Legislation Remains Contentious Among State Leaders

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A measure that would pave the way for physicians to end the life of the terminally ill with their consent faces a steep climb in the Legislature, including the Democratic-led Assembly.

Speaker Carl Heastie appeared with Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to acknowledge the issue remains a contentious one. 

"That is a very, very, very sensitive subject and really have to be thought out," said Heastie (D). "I'm not sure if it can or will be done by the end of session. I haven't had that in-depth of a conversation to see if the conference wants to move. Yes, some people do support it, but there's a lot of people who are concerned about it."

Flanagan, the Republican leader, says he is opposed to the bill itself, which has also drawn the opposition of the Catholic Church.

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