Adopting the nation's first right-to-die legislation since the Supreme Court ruling on the issue last week, the Legislature voted to let the terminally ill designate someone to decide whether to pull the plug.
The bill was adopted by both chambers Sunday after a three-year struggle. It goes next to Gov. Mario Cuomo, who supports it.It allows the sick to appoint a proxy to make health-care decisions for them when they are no longer able to do so.
"This legislation provides New Yorkers with a vehicle to ensure that treatment is provided according to their own personal, religious and moral convictions, as conveyed by someone they have selected and trust," Cuomo said.