TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy intends to sign legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill in New Jersey. In a push to protect our most vulnerable residents, Assemblyman Robert Auth plans to introduce a bill that will increase penalties for those who intentionally try to harm patients.
“As I carefully read the bill before casting my vote, I found major flaws that could put patients at risk,” said Auth (R-Bergen). “We need to stiffen penalties for those who take advantage of someone in their most fragile state.”
The aid-in-dying bill (A1504) narrowly passed both houses of the Legislature by a single vote on Monday. It includes a provision that makes altering a medication request with the intent of killing a patient a second-degree crime and coercing a patient to request the life-ending drugs a third-degree crime. Auth seeks to make these first-degree murder crimes.
“These acts are tantamount to murder and should incur a penalty of a crime of the first degree with a mandatory 25 years to life,” said Auth.