N.J. panel to consider assisted suicide bill

Terminally ill New Jerseyans might get to end their lives on their own terms.

An Assembly committee on Thursday plans to consider a measure billed as the “Death With Dignity Act.”

The bill would allow residents who are told they have six months to live to obtain prescription drugs to commit suicide.

An assisted suicide bill introduced last year faced opposition. Some opponents said it was unethical and went against a doctor’s duty to help the dying. Others presented examples of people who received a diagnosis that they would die within six months but ended up living for years.

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