Thanks to www.noassistedsuicidenj.org for this alphabetical list of the New Jersey Senators, with each one’s phone number and email address.
Yesterday we stopped calling when we heard that the assisted suicide bill is not posted for debate and a vote on Thursday, December 18. Since that time, however, we have heard that the bill was not posted for a vote in the lower house on the day the leadership suddenly called it up and the house passed it. Not posting the vote could be a similar political ploy.
With that in mind, we need to continue our calls and emails today and even tonight. The vote could take place any time, without warning.
Obviously the most important people are those from New Jersey, but everyone should call and email. When the leadership of True Dignity was making calls yesterday, we found it useful to say right away that we were from out of state and that we were calling because what happens in New Jersey will have an effect far beyond that state. We said that we are from Vermont, where assisted suicide is legal but has not been used. We expressed our certainty that, if it spreads from state to state and becomes socially acceptable, it will be used, and that that is when the abuses and the errors will occur.
If you are told that the bill is not slated for a vote, don’t stop. Say you want to make your concerns known anyway. At the end, ask the person if he or she will make your concerns known to the senator. That makes it harder for staff people to shield their senators.
Remember, always be respectful, and do not use religious arguments. Otherwise your call may hurt rather than help.
Thank you for helping.