New Jersey Senate Committee Shuts Out Disability Rights Community from Assisted Suicide Hearing

On the website of the New Jersey coalition opposing the state’s assisted suicide bill, more than half of the New Jersey state groups listed are disability groups.  Specifically, they are centers for independent living run by people with disabilities, and the statewide independent living council mandated by federal law to plan the state’s independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages.

Nevertheless, in a move that has outraged both national and state disability rights advocates, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee last week announced that there will be a hearing on the assisted suicide bill (S 382), with witnesses by invitation only and no disability witness invited.

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