ALBANY – A former Marine who suffered from mind most cancers and have become a vocal opponent of physician-assisted suicide died Saturday.
J.J. Hanson, who additionally as soon as a former aide to Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, was 36.
His demise was introduced Saturday night by the state Catholic Convention, which labored intently with him to struggle passage of a so-called Dying with Dignity invoice that might legalize physician-assisted suicide in New York.
“JJ lived his motto: ‘Daily is a present, and you may’t ever let that go,’” stated Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life actions for the New York State Catholic Convention. “He and (his spouse) Kristen are a real testomony to dwelling their religion via adversity, and JJ’s demise is a loving instance of an genuine ‘demise with dignity.’”
In 2015, Hanson turned the president of the Sufferers Rights Motion Fund, a gaggle opposing assisted suicide efforts nationally.
The Hudson Valley resident advised the Every day Information in 2015 that he as soon as supported the Demise with Dignity motion. However he spent his last years preventing towards physician-assisted suicide, together with in New York the place a invoice to legalize the follow has died within the Legislature.
“New York is a key space the place we will battle and attempt to defend and never permit this to develop into the social norm,” Hanson advised The Information.
Gallagher stated that Hanson “reached out to docs, veterans teams and different organizations, persuaded lawmakers and journalists, raised funds for most cancers analysis, traveled to Albany, Washington, D.C., and states all throughout the nation, and took each alternative to advertise compassionate life-affirming look after individuals dealing with illness and incapacity.
“And he did that whereas dealing with super well being hurdles, present process surgical procedures and coverings, and caring for his household.”
After being recognized with mind most cancers, Hanson was given 4 months to reside, however outlived that preliminary prognosis by greater than three years.
“Like few do, he understood that point is a valuable and measured commodity,” stated the Rev. Jason McGuire, government director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical Christian group that opposes physician-assisted suicide. “He did not need to waste one little bit of it. J.J. beloved individuals within the second, and thru his instance, he challenged us to do the identical.”
Hanson leaves behind his spouse and two younger sons.
State Sen. Diane Savino, the Staten Island Democrat who sponsors the Senate invoice to legalize physician-assisted suicide , expressed unhappiness over Hanson’s dying, however stated her help for the laws isn’t altering.
“J.J. had his say,” Savino stated. “He needed to struggle it out to the very finish and, God bless him, he did. Different individuals do not essentially need to take that street. That is actually the query: can we give individuals the proper to determine which street they select.”