New Jersey’s Assisted Suicide Law Takes Effect

New Jersey’s Assisted Suicide Law Takes Effect

 

A New Jersey law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs went into effect Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had signed the bill in April, making New Jersey the seventh state with such a measure. Maine enacted a similar law in June, becoming the eighth.

The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act in New Jersey allows only patients who are terminally ill and have a prognosis of six months or less to live to acquire medication to end their lives…

Ultimately, the measure passed with the minimum number of yes votes in both the Democrat-led Assembly and Senate…

In a statement this week, Kristen Hanson, a community relations advocate with the anti-medically assisted suicide group Patients Rights Action Fund, said the law taking effect was a “tragic day” for the poor, elderly and those with disabilities.

“They will be the first to suffer from this reckless law through mistakes, coercion and abuse,” she said…

Read more at the NY Times…