New Jersey May Allow Assisted Suicide

"Death with Dignity Act" passes State Senate panel.

NewsWorks reports that assisted suicide may soon be legal in New Jersey. A new bill would let doctors prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patents who want it.

The Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens committee approved the “Death with Dignity Act” Monday. The Assembly passed similar legislation in November amid a heated debate over the issue.

The bill now goes to the full Senate; final approval of the bill would have to take place at a statewide referendum.