I am attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. I am writing to urge you to not make our mistake. Please vote "No" on A2270.
I have prepared an in-depth legal/policy analysis describing some of the problems with A2270, which can be viewed at the links set forth below. (or click here).
I make three points:
1. The bill, A2270, is titled "Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act." "Aid in Dying" is a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia. The title is, regardless, deceptive because it implies that A2270 is limited to people who are dying, which is untrue. For example, A2270, if enacted, will apply to people with chronic conditions who otherwise have years, even decades, to live. See memo, pp. 4-7. Once enacted, there will be pressure to expand to a broader group of people. See memo, pp. 7-8.
2. The bill is a recipe for abuse with the most obvious reason being a complete lack of oversight when the lethal dose is administered. See memo, pp. 9-16.
3. The bill lacks transparency and accountability. See memo., pp. 17-19.
The last part of the memo is a discussion of the "Oregon and Washington Experience," with supporting documentation attached.
Here is a link to the memo and attachments in one document: https://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/nj-no-on-a2270-no-assisted-suicide-11-12-14.pdf
Or, if you like, a link to the memo alone: https://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/nj-no-on-a2270-memo-only-11-12-14.pdf and a link to the attachments:
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA, President
Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore, P.S.
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