Voters support physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey, according to a a new poll released [12/3].
The bill (A3328) would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to patients with under six months to live.
Patients would self-administer the drugs after requesting them verbally and then writing, signed by two witnesses, 15 days later.
After that, the doctor would have to offer the patient a chance to rescind the request and recommend the patient's next of kin be notified. A second doctor would then have to certify the original doctor's diagnosis and affirm that the patient is acting voluntarily and capable of making the decision.
Patients deemed to have impaired judgment would not be eligible, and the doctors would be required to refer them to counseling. And health care facilities would be able to prohibit their doctors from writing the prescriptions.
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