TRENTON, N.J. — A bill aimed at legalizing so-called “assisted suicide” in the Garden State isn’t going to get a vote from the full Assembly today. That’s according to Save Jersey sources in the State House.
The ‘Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act’ (A1504/S1072) was voted out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee back in March 2018.
Leadership, however, has yet to post the highly controversial measure for a vote on the floor.
“It’s not a slippery slope argument, folks,” argued Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) back in 2016 when a similar bill was being debated. “This is where ‘compassionate choices’ and the people who advocate these kinds of measures want to take the law. And it’s not a good place, and we shouldn’t follow along.”
Seven U.S. jurisdictions presently allow terminally ill individuals to kill themselves, subject to vetting procedures allegedly intended to discern consent: California, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii,Washington, Vermont and the District of Columbia.