NJ clears 1st hurdle to make assisted suicide legal; opposition calls hearing a ‘charade’

NJ clears 1st hurdle to make assisted suicide legal; opposition calls hearing a ‘charade’

New Jersey’s legislators cleared the latest hurdle in a bid to legalize assisted suicide, reports say.

NJ.com reported Thursday that the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee voted 6-3 in favor of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, which would allow adult residents to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live.

An opponent of the bill, Dr. T. Brian Callister, told Fox News via email: “I thought the hearing was highly irregular. They did not allow many if not most of the people who oppose the bill who signed in hours ahead a chance to speak. As an example, there were six high influential physicians there with me in opposition to the bill, including the medical ethics director from Columbia (University), and only two were able to speak — one New Jersey physician and myself.”

He added, “It seemed very irregular — really a charade of a hearing with the outcome apparently a foregone conclusion.”

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