NJ Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Terminally Ill People To Kill Themselves

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The New Jersey Legislature approved the bill known as the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act,” which would allow doctors to write a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

The bill passed both chambers Monday afternoon with the minimum votes necessary to pass; 41 in the Assembly and 21 in the Senate.

It now goes to Governor Murphy for his signature.

According to the text of the legislation, the law applies to New Jersey residents who have received a terminal diagnosis, defined as an incurable, irreversible and medically confirmed disease that will end the person’s life within six months. People with disabilities are not included.

In order to get the prescription for the life-ending medication, patients will have to verbally ask their doctor twice over the span of 15 days. A second physician would then need to verify the diagnosis.

The measure has previously passed the Assembly twice before stalling in the Senate.

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