Below are links to the testimonies sent to the NJ Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee by disability rights leaders, after Senator John Vitale, chairman of the committee prevented them from giving personal testimony.
The passage of assisted suicide in NJ would be a blow for efforts to repeal the Vermont law. It would be a great victory for the “movement” (as Patient Choices’ Dick Walters called it) to expand legal assisted suicide to every state in the US and every country in the world.
Let’s not give the proponents that victory. Your testimony doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be scholarly, though we appreciate scholars too. It just has to be heartfelt and civil. Say why you feel that you or someone you care about will have their choice to live harmed if this law is adopted. Remember to avoid religious arguments, as they will be used against us in the most vicious way. One only has to read the comments to recent articles in the media to know that.
Numbers count. Quality counts, but numbers count more.
We would love to receive copies of the testimony you send in.
The email for the Senate Committee is [email protected]. The deadline is 1 pm tomorrow, December 8, when the committee will take up the bill.
Diane Coleman JD: www.bluejersey.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=26102
Amy Hasbrouck: http://www.bluejersey.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=26109
Cassie Cramer: http://www.bluejersey.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=26108
Ruthie Poole http://www.bluejersey.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=26101
Ethan Ellis: http://www.bluejersey.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=26110