Sarah Steele of Voorhees, a terminally ill brain cancer patient who 10 years ago was told she only had months to live, speaks Oct. 20 with Assembly Democrat John Burzichelli in the State House Annex, Trenton. Burzichelli is the primary sponsor of the assisted-suicide legislation that passed the Assembly Oct. 20. At left is Patrick Brannigan, executive director for the New Jersey Catholic Conference. Steele’s 17-year-old daughter, Sophie, is seen on right. Joe Moore photo
The state Assembly has passed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer medications in order to end their lives.
In a vote of 41-28, with five abstentions, New Jersey lawmakers passed A2451, known as the “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act,” Oct. 20. The bill now goes to the Senate. More ... Thursday, October 20, 2016
Packed in a small meeting room in the State House Annex, dozens shook their heads in disbelief, their faces twisted in disgust as Dr. Matthew Suh turned off video testimony of a terminally ill woman who was denied access to health care – unless it was the medication she would need to take her own life.
“Let’s be honest,” he said. “What we’re talking about is state-sanctioned suicide.”
Those opposed to assisted suicide and legislation in Trenton that would allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives are encouraged to attend an Advocacy Day scheduled for Oct. 20. More ... Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A state Assembly bill that would allow patients to self-administer medications in order to end their lives was released out of the Appropriations Committee Oct. 6 by a vote of 8-2. Bill A2451, known as the “Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act,” can now be voted on by the General Assembly. An identical bill (S2474) has been introduced in the Senate. More ... Wednesday, October 12, 2016
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has requested a special study session at the Vatican to look at how to solve the growing problem of drug abuse, especially narcotics.
Leading experts from around the world are being invited “to examine and discuss possible innovative socio-political solutions” to drug use, abuse and prevention, a papal academy said. More ... Friday, October 7, 2016
An adult child in financial difficulty moves home to live with her senior parents. Not long after, the parents find themselves running short on their prescription medications. Then money begins to go missing. They don’t have the financial resources to replace the medication, so the seniors reach out to a social service agency or their parish for assistance.
This scenario of adult children abusing a parent’s medications is joining the national trend of increasing opioid abuse among adolescents – and both are being realized in towns throughout the Diocese of Trenton, particularly in shore communities heavily populated by seniors. As such, advocates say parishes and agencies in the Diocese have experienced an influx of cries for help and that they’re doing their best to answer that call. More ... Friday, October 7, 2016