“No matter how much proponents try to portray their support for this misguided bill as compassionate, the reality is that the bill is anything but,” said Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life. “The legislation is deeply flawed and will place the lives of our most vulnerable populations at risk of misdiagnosis, coercion and abuse.”
Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22) reintroduced The Senate version of the Physician Assisted Suicide bill (S2474) on August 1, 2016. According to an article written by Star Ledger reporter Sue Livio, proponents are pushing for action on the bill by the fall of 2016. Read the article
Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-3) reintroduced the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill (2451) in February of 2016. The text of the new bill, A2451, is now available on-line, is the identical to the previous version. We expect the Senate version to be introduced shortly.
Background on NJ Physician Assisted Legislation
The previous bill (A2270/S382) passed the NJ Assembly by one vote on November 13, 2014, but failed to garner enough support in the NJ Senate, and consequently, expired in the last session. Read the January 12, 2016 Press Release from the Alliance Against Doctor Prescribed Suicide here
11/13/14 State Assembly Vote
To see how your Two Assembly Members voted on November 13, 2014 and for background information on the Assembly legislative process in the last session, please click here
More information on efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide in NJ can be found on our webpages.
If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to the tab on the njrtl webpage marked, “Legislation” and add your 9 digit zip code. Once you add your 9 digit zip code, click “Go. A page will open that will provide pictures and names of your federal and state elected officials. (Helpful hint: you will need to use the scroll bar on the right hand side and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find your State Senator and Two Assembly Members.)
If your Two State Assembly Members voted No previously, please contact them and thank them for their No vote. Urge them to vote No again on A2451/S2474 if it comes up for a vote.
If your Two State Assembly Members Voted Yes, please contact them and tell them you are disappointed in their vote and that you expect them to vote No on A2451/S2474 if it comes up again.
If one or two of your State Assembly members are newly elected, schedule a meeting to speak with them and educate them about the dangers of Bill A2451/S2474.