New Jersey assisted suicide bill dangerous

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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New Jersey, like several other northeastern states, is deciding on a proposed assisted suicide bill. One expert warns that it would allow someone to commit murder and get away with it.

The language in the bill says it is "intended to be liberally construed to effectuate its purposes." Marie Tasy of New Jersey Right to Life tells OneNewsNow that should be the first clue that A3328 (The NJ Death With Dignity Act) is "a terrible bill."


"It allows somebody who is a relative or heir to be a witness to the request to take the lethal drugs," she explains. "There's no oversight once the drugs are prescribed as to whether they're used; and of course, the person could be subject to change their mind but be forced or coerced -- and there's no oversight for that either."

The elderly people suffering from illnesses that require expensive treatment and the disabled should be alarmed, in Tasy's opinion. 

"We're also concerned about the effect it will have on insurance companies that may apply a cost-benefit analysis to the worth of human life," she says. "We know this is already happening in the states that have legalized assisted suicide."

She cites a specific example: "In Oregon, health insurers are refusing to pay for treatment for patients but instead are willing to pay for physician-assisted suicide."

The act is written to grant complete immunity for anybody who assists in the suicide. In contrast, no protection is offered for the patient, who could be victimized by someone who stands to profit from the death.

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