A New Jersey lawmaker has proposed a right-to-die law for that state’s terminally ill people which, if passed, would make the state the third in the nation after Oregon and Washington to allow those with deadly diseases the chance to end their own suffering.
The Death With Dignity Act would allow a “qualified patient to self-administer medication to end life in a humane and dignified manner,” said the bill, introduced this week by Democratic Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester).
But as the Star-Ledger noted, it would not be easy to qualify to receive life-ending drugs:
- an individual who has six months or less to live
- make at least two verbal requests and one written request —
- there must be two witnesses on hand for the written request — before he or she could receive the medication
- 2 doctors would have to certify the terminal diagnosis, and
- those 2 doctors would be required to send the patient for counseling.
Under current New Jersey law, as in most states, it is considered a crime to purposefully help another person commit suicide.
For full article see: New Jersey could become 3rd state with right-to-die law
Los Angeles Times.
- NJ Lawmaker Proposes Bill Allowing Terminally Ill Patients To Choose Their Time To Die (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Euthanasia: A Good Death? (psychologytoday.com)
- Assisted suicide: The last frontier of civil rights? (utsandiego.com)