N.J.'s consideration of legalizing assisted suicide needs deeper study
November 20, 2014
By Charles C. Camosy
Late Thursday night, and driven largely by new energy from the national story of Brittany Maynard, the New Jersey Assembly passed a bill in favor of assisted suicide. Gov. Chris Christie will almost certainly veto it, and the Senate doesn’t appear to have the votes for passage. But even if the bill is unlikely to pass in the near term, Assemblyman John Burzichelli believes it’s “just a matter of at what point” a bill like this will pass in New Jersey.
This is overconfidence. The debate about assisted suicide has tremendous complexity—complexity that turns conventional political wisdom on its head.