On Monday, the New Jersey Senate approved the "Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act" in a 21-16 vote. Governor Phil Murphy announced that he supports the legislation that would allow "terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication," according to The Philadelphia Tribune.
“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do,” Murphy said.
Democratic senators Nicholas Scutari, Richard Codey and Senate President Steve Sweeney backed the legislation.
"This is a humane and dignified process that respects the free will of terminally ill patients," Senator Scutari said. "We should permit qualified patients to make the decision to end their own lives in a dignified manner. There is no good reason for them to be forced to prolong their pain and suffering or to prolong the grief of their loved ones if they make that choice."