A vast amount of people instinctively believe that suicide and assisted suicide are individual acts of personal freedom and free will that they think there are no legal prohibitions. This delusion has brought many individuals into trouble with the law.
In a very controversial move, New Jersey signed a bill giving terminally ill patients the right to end their lives. The new law goes into effect next week, August 2019.
The new state law now allows medical experts to provide lethal prescriptions to terminally ill patients who want to die. The state’s Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act signed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) was initially signed and approved four months ago.
“Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do,” Murphy announced in a statement adding that “By signing this bill today, we are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face.”
Under the new law, adults with a medical diagnosis that are given six months or less to live will be given access to prescription to end their life. In these life-ending situations, a psychiatrist or psychologist will need to determine if the patients can understand the magnitude of their decision mentally. In addition, the patient must request the medication while being offered the chance to change their mind, as the rules of abortion
The bill passed the state with Assembly, 41-33, and the state Senate with a 21-16 vote.
New Jersey isn’t alone in the “right to die” law, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state and the District of Columbia also have laws that allow voluntary suicide.
Maine has now become the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide, the Maine Death with Dignity Act will go into effect in September.
In order to keep the new law organized and transparent, The New Jersey Hospital Association, has issued a a “tool kit” to explain how the new law will affect their work, what they can expect, what is expected out of physicians willing to write the prescription and how medical facilities may “opt-out” if they find necessary.
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