Prime sponsor of New Jersey bill legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide withdraws sponsorship

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics New Jersey State Senator Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex), the powerful chairman of the Senate Health Committee who had been the prime sponsor of a doctor-prescribed suicide bill, announced that he has withdrawn his support for the measure. Vitale told online news source NewJersey.com “I initially …

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New Jersey Assembly Vote for Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Raises Threat of Nonvoluntary Euthanasia

  By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director, National Right to Life’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics On November 13, 2014, the lower house of New Jersey’s legislature voted 43 to 31 to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The bill may yet be stopped in the state senate or vetoed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has …

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New Jersey Assembly Votes to Legalize Doctor-Prescribed Suicide

  WASHINGTON – The New Jersey Assembly today voted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in the state. The so-called “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” passed the Assembly 41-31 and now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Governor Chris Christie has previously stated he opposed efforts to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in New Jersey. …

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Despite a Loss in NJ and Pushback in Vermont, Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Advocates Forge Ahead

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On June 26, 2014, the New Jersey Assembly adjourned without voting on a proposal to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide “after the sponsor said he could not find enough votes to get it passed,” according to an article in the State Ledger. The reporter noted that …

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Victory in New Jersey: Assisted Suicide Bill Lacks Support

  By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition New Jersey Assisted Suicide Bill A2270 was pulled in the New Jersey State Assembly June 26, the day that the PolitickerNJ published an article by disability rights leader, John Kelly titled “Assisted Suicide: Just Too Dangerous.” NJ.com reported that the State Assembly did not vote …

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New Jersey is again the target of dangerous doctor prescribed suicide legislation

  By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Legislative Counsel, NRLC’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics The New Jersey Assembly Health Committee was slated to consider a dangerous doctor prescribed suicide measure (A2270) June 5. Despite a failed effort to advance the same bill last session due to lack of support as well as a veto threat from …

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NJ Gov. Christie Voices Opposition to Pending Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Legislation

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics At a press conference held Tuesday, Governor Chris Christie said that he opposes legislation in New Jersey that would legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The “New Jersey Death With Dignity Act’’ is sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli. The assisting-suicide advocacy group, Compassion & Choices, formerly the …

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Assisted Suicide Laws at Stake in New Jersey and Minnesota Foreshadow Danger for Vulnerable Populations in Other States

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On the euthanasia front, legalization of assisting suicide is under consideration in New Jersey, while the Minnesota Supreme Court is set to hear an important related case. In New Jersey, the so-called “Death With Dignity Act,” A3328, has been voted out of committee and awaits …

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Turnout Key in NJ’s Senate Special Election: Lonegan v. Booker on Abortion, Obamacare.

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director Pro-life former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) will face pro-abortion Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) in a special general election on October 16. The winner will fill New Jersey’s Senate seat for the remainder of late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term ending January 3, 2015. Senator Jeffrey …

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Which Gubernatorial Candidates in Virginia and New Jersey are “Extreme” on Abortion?

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director Often, when the media are discussing upcoming elections, candidates are referred to as “extreme” on abortion. Almost always that label is unfairly applied to the pro-life candidate, even when the pro-abortion candidate holds positions on abortion way outside the mainstream. Gubernatorial elections will be held in …

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Doctor-Prescribed Suicide – Battle on Two Fronts: New Jersey and Vermont

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Although assisting suicide is only legal for a small fraction of the world’s population, advocates remain focused on promoting this dangerous legislation. Currently, doctor-prescribed suicide is legal in only Oregon, Washington, and Vermont –and may have some legal protection in the state of Montana, due …

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New Jersey Assisted Suicide Proposal is a dangerous prescription

By Diane Coleman Editor’s note. The following article was written by Diane Coleman, the President and CEO of the disability rights group Not Dead Yet, and published in the New Jersey Star Journal. Proponents of bills meant to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill frequently claim that disability organizations’ opposing views aren’t relevant. Nevertheless, …

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