New York's ban on assisted suicide stands, after the state's highest court rejected arguments from terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending drugs from a doctor.
The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban does not violate the state constitution.
The case was brought by patients and advocates who say New Yorkers with a terminal illness should not have to suffer needlessly.
The ruling is not expected to end the debate as advocates will try again next year to pass legislation to permit physician-assisted suicide. That bill did not get a vote this year.
Colorado, Washington, Vermont, California, Oregon and Washington, D.C., have laws allowing people to seek a doctor's help in ending their life.