TRENTON - A New Jersey legislative panel advanced a proposal Thursday that would grant terminally ill adults the right to obtain medication from a physician that they could self-administer to end their lives.
The bill would allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to individuals 18 or older who are suffering from an incurable and irreversible disease that doctors conclude will end the patient's life within six months, and who have expressed a wish to die.
Patients would have to show they were capable of making health-care decisions. Hospitals and doctors would not be required to participate.
"This is about choice," Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), the bill's sponsor, told the Health and Senior Services Committee.