N.J.'s consideration of legalizing assisted suicide needs deeper study

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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.

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Doblin: Let's be honest: Assembly bill is about suicide, not dignity

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NOVEMBER 17, 2014

BY ALFRED P. DOBLIN

I AM not evil. According to Brittany Maynard, I am. Maynard was the 29-year-old terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon so she could commit suicide on Nov. 1. I am not evil, and I refuse to be an apologist for what we are talking about across these not-so-United States. The New Jersey Death With Dignity Act is mislabeled. The function of such a law is to allow people to end their lives — and that is called suicide.

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Who's really hurt by assisted suicide?

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November 4, 2014

By Diane Coleman

(CNN) -- A beautiful 29-year-old woman with a rare brain tumor,Brittany Maynard and her tragic death have sparked the on-again, off-again debate about whether assisted suicide should be legalized in this country.

The media frenzy over the Maynard story has made it almost impossible for a legitimate opposing view to be heard, and many people believe that any opposition has to come from religious extremists or right-wing busybodies.

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N.J. Senate health committee chairman takes his name off doctor-assisted suicide bill

nj.comNovember 16, 2014

The chairman of the state Senate’s health committee earlier this year quietly withdrew his sponsorship from a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to patients.

...“I initially supported the idea of the bill and signed on. After a time, I had more questions and concerns than answers. So I thought it was honest to remove my name and continue to think about it.”

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Debate Over Physician Assisted Suicide In NJ

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Nov 04, 2014

By Bill Anderson, @ChasingBillA

...“The [Brittany Maynard] case is promoting the misperception that a terminal diagnosis is a death sentence, the way this case has been promoted and glamorized is likely to push people on the edge over to thinking that it might really be best for them to die and that people would celebrate them,” John Kelly, “Not Dead Yet” regional directed stated.

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