5 Things They’re Hiding About Assisted Suicide

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Welcome to New Jersey, folks, where you can’t carry a gun/keep your money/run a business without interference or even MOVE away without taxes… but if the State Assembly gets its way, you can certainly kill yourself! With your own tax dollars?

Some deal.

Here are just five of the major problems I’ve identified with the bill passed yesterday:

(1) Explicit consent isn’t really required for a death sentence.

For example, the legislation permits a second party to “assist capable, terminally ill patients who request compassionate aid in dying.” As with anything written by attorneys, the devil is in the definitions. Here, the definition of “capable” is drafted to include “communication through persons familiar with the patient’s manner of communicating if those persons are available.” Ummm, okay? So a next-of-kin can tell the doctor it’s time to kill his or her family member without some sort of explicit directive? All that’s required is a form of some sort “signed and dated by the patient and witnessed by at least two individuals,” one of whom can be anyone provided they’re not a relative, employee of the facility or entitled to property via the soon-to-be-murdered person’s will. Scary!

Worse still? The communication can be made to a “health care provider” defined as “a health care professional or health care facility.” Meaning a e-mail or a voice mail to a facility can qualify? I’m not sure. The law doesn’t elaborate; I’m not looking forward to the first clarity-providing court case which will inevitably occur after someone’s already dead.

The whole idea of “consenting” to be murdered is absurd anyway. Think about it: our legal system prohibits an individual from consenting to enslavement on similar grounds; public policy (and fealty to natural rights doctrine) necessitate government stepping in to protect natural rights in a situation where the power imbalance is hugely dangerous! And no free people recognizes a right to throw away your fundamental rights. Right?

In any event, unsurprisingly, recent studies in Belgium discovered roughly 1/3 of euthanized patients died without anyone first obtaining their explicit consent.

(2) Abuse is rampant in jurisdictions where it’s legal

Besides lack of consent (far and way the biggest issue, don’t you think???), Belgium is discovering that these situations are nearly impossible to police. It’s easy to see why, right? Just a couple people in a room, signing death contracts on the word of “persons familiar with the patient’s manner of communicating” We’re killing people with hearsay under this framework. Nearly half of euthanasia deaths there were never reported as euthanasia. What’s more, individuals NOT authorized to administer drugs are doing it anyway.

The law applies to “terminally ill” patients. There’s qualification in the definition section but no sufficiently detailed definition of terminally ill. Other than that whatever is afflicting you will kill you in 6 mos. Says who? Can anyone say doctor shopping? And will a bipolar 18-year old teen able to find a doctor who can classify him or her as suffering from a terminal condition? Unclear! It’s only a matter of time until the six month limitation we keep hearing about is challenged; after all, it’s a “right” now? Right?

And then there’s the small matter of mass-murdering psychos…

(3) Insurance companies now have a perverse incentive to kill the insured rather than treat them. 

Even before Obamacare kicked in, plans were dropped, coverage was denied and the death panels convened, Oregon residents discovered that insurance companies were much more milling to pay for relatively cheap suicide regimens than doctor-recommended, life-saving treatments. Soylent green is people! But #deathwithdignity? Sigh…

(4) Prosecuting abusers will be next to impossible.

The civil and criminal liability section is extremely poorly written, Save Jerseyans, but we do know it would be a crime of the second degree to do the deed with the intent or effect of causing the patient’s death. Good luck proving that someone, for example, lost a recission document intentionally!

(5) As written, the legislation doesn’t bar public funds from funding suicide.

See #3 above. Get ready for your tax dollars to purchase euthanasia drugs. It permits taxpayer-funded assisted suicide because there isn’t an explicit prohibition on public funding written into the legislation. We should all be able to agree, regardless of how you feel about the substance of the suicide question’s moral dimensions, that the public shouldn’t be forced to fund it! I’d hope.

12 thoughts on “5 Things They’re Hiding About Assisted Suicide

  1. Abuse becoming common in Europe…bad law…too easy to talk the vulnerable into “going to a better place”

  2. Sorry Matt, but I think you’ve got this one backwards. For someone who is supposed to be standing for smaller government and less regulation, you sure are asking for a lot of regulation here. This should be a choice between the patient, their doctor, and their family. The government should have very little to do with it, aside from prosecuting fraud. I get that the dignity is in the life and not the death, and it is the easy way out, but how many times did you read about surrounded soldiers killing themselves rather than be taken prisoner and tortured? If you are faced with fighting a losing battle such as cancer of some sort that will eventually end in a horribly painful and gruesome death, or ending your life relatively peacefully on your terms, would you really want the government putting red tape in your way? I also understand that you believe that God will take you when it’s your time, but not everyone believes the same thing as you. Who are you to tell them how to live their lives, or end them for that matter? This is a matter of individual liberty, not a state matter.

  3. John, we have the State weighing into a moral question that has been the standard since the founding of this country. Also doing so with limited public debate. Sorry but we have the right to weigh in on the decision

  4. You have the right to your opinion, but you also have the right to be wrong. Legislation based on morality is what’s killing this country from the inside out. What’s worse, it’s based on religious morality, which is not what this country was founded on. There are simply some things that the government has no business regulating, and this is one of them.

  5. Freedom is not absolute, not anywhere, and certainly not in New Jersey. Nor should it be absolute. The issues of potential use of public funds, euthanasia in lieu of use of health insurance, denial of or death induced for procurement of life insurance, and second or third party witnesses to declarations of intent are enough for me to agree there has to be some regulation on this, if not an outright ban. Much like abortion where we are now discussing late term and in some extreme cases after birth abortion, euthanasia would likely begin with good intentions but may eventually evolve into self induced death for any reason, and worse yet mandated culling of the herd. Proceed with caution.

  6. It’s your life. You have a right to it. That also means you have a right to end it. And just as your right to travel includes a right to hire a Lyft driver, your right to die includes a right to hire an expert to help you, provided in both cases that the person you wish to hire is willing.

  7. I agree with you on this one! This bill is terrible for society in all those ways and more.

  8. We are degrading the culture of life in our society and it is a travesty. If we can’t have respect for the most basic human right, then what the hell are we doing here? It’s all just a game, a show. And I can’t figure out if we’re the audience or the puppets.

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