The New Jersey state assembly is scheduled to vote on a bill today that would allow physician assisted suicide within the state. The bill’s sponsor, John Burzichelli, has publicly said that Brittany Maynard’s death earlier this month has added momentum to the bill.

Fortunately, the bill would also have to pass the senate and state legislators are still unsure if they have the necessary 41 votes to pass the bill in the assembly. As this develops, you can count on us to monitor the situation and keep you posted. But for now, let’s hope that those who understand that the practice of medicine should never be used to participate in the tragedy of suicide will prevail.

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Christopher White, Ramsey Institute Project Director