By Shannon Gleba
LOCAL/IHA NEWS EDITOR
In light of the recent assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard–a young woman who was suffering from terminal brain cancer–the New Jersey Assembly has voted on a bill to allow aided death in the state.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli sponsored the bill, which eventually got passed through the Assembly with a close vote.
Certainly there are many regulations and restrictions under this bill that need to be followed. One of the regulations this bill has is that prescriptions for aided suicide will only be available to those who are terminally ill and have no chance of being cured in the next six months.
Citizens of New Jersey have varying opinions on this matter, and it still remains controversial.
Do not expect to this bill to become a law anytime soon. First the bill needs to be passed through the Senate and then on to Governor Chris Christie. Christie has shown his disapproval towards this bill, making the likeliness of it being passed even slimmer.
It will definitely be interesting to see the path this bill takes, and where this leads New Jersey in the future.