Marie Tasy, Executive Director
New Jersey Right to Life
Please pass this along! I need you to take Immediate Action to oppose the NJ Physician Assisted Suicide bill, A2451/S2474 and Mark your Calendar for our October 20, 2016 Lobby Day to Help Defeat this Bill!
We just received notice that they changed the time of the hearing to 12 noon instead of 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016. I am re-sending this email because I was made aware of a setting in the system that was preventing individuals from properly sending emails to their legislators. I am sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. I have taken steps to correct the problem.
The NJ Physician Assisted Suicide Bill (A2451/S2474,) euphemistically named, The NJ Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, has been referred from the Assembly Health Committee to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where it has been scheduled for a hearing this Thursday, October 6 at 12 noon (was 1 p.m.) The hearing will take place in Committee Room 11, 4th Floor of the State House Annex.
An identical version of this bill passed the NJ Assembly in November of 2014 by one vote, but did not garner enough votes to pass in the NJ Senate. There has been an election since the last vote and some new Assembly members' positions are unknown.
1. At this time, we are asking you to flood the offices of your two Assembly members and State Senator to urge them to Vote No on these bills. You can find your legislators by going to the Legislative website: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp
You can also send a pre-written email from our Legislation page (click on image below). You can also find out how your two Assembly members voted on this issue the last time from the Alert page of this issue.
2. Please also email members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, especially if you live in their district and urge them to vote No on A2451/ S2474. Please do this even if you have contacted them in the past on this issue. Their email addresses are listed below, along with their previous voting history on this legislation.
Email addresses of Assembly Appropriations members:
AsmLagana@njleg.org - Voted yes last time
Asmcaride@njleg.org - Voted yes last time
Asmconaway@njleg.org - voted to release from committee, but abstained on full Assembly vote
AsmDiMaio@njleg.org - voted no last time
AswLampitt@njleg.org - voted yes last time
AswMosquera@njleg.org - co-sponsor - voted yes last time
AswPhoebus@njleg.org - Was not in office
AswQuijano@njleg.org - Did not vote last time
AsmSchaer@njleg.org - Voted No last time
AswSchepisi@njleg.org Voted yes last time
3. Please also call Governor Christie and urge him to veto A2451/S2474 if it reaches his desk. The Governor can be reached at 609 292 6000.
4. Please also mark your calendars to attend our Lobby Day to educate our legislators about the dangers of A2451/S2474. Please let me know if you are interested in attending so I can forward you details about the day and what to expect.
If you are on social media, Tweet and Facebook your legislators to urge them to Vote No.