On Thursday, February 7, 2019, the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee very likely will vote on the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (S1072). The bill would allow physicians to prescribe drugs to end the lives of terminally ill individuals considered to have six months to live.
The facts are clear - in the states that have passed assisted suicide bills (California, Vermont and Oregon) insurance companies have denied individuals healthcare coverage but offered them low cost drugs to end their life.
In an era of cost control and managed care, patients with lingering illnesses may be branded as a financial liability for the insurance company, and decisions to encourage death could be driven by reducing costs.
Please contact your state legislators and tell them that you oppose S1072/A1504.
Letter to Senate Committee Members
I urge you to vote no on S1072, “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.” I oppose this bill because:
• A six-month prognosis for a terminal illness is not always accurate.
• S1072 would allow the death certificate to list the cause of death as the underlying terminal disease - not self-administered drugs that ended life. This would be a false statement on the death certificate - a legal document. The cause of death should be listed as self-administered drugs that ended life. A legal document should contain accurate information.
• S1072 would send the wrong message to our troubled youth and to our military. If the State of New Jersey passes a law that says it is OK to end your life if you have pain what would we be telling our youth and veterans who are troubled? Would we be saying - that if you have pain it’s OK to take the path of suicide?
Medical science is called to eradicate the illnesses from which we suffer - not to eradicate the patients who suffer the illnesses. Our duty is to assist those who are dying- not kill them.
Please vote NO on S1072.