Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our Representatives Let Us Down in Voting to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Letter Jewishlink
I would like to express my opinion regarding one of the biggest new threats to America and America’s Jewish community, which is the legalization and normalization of assisted suicide around the United States. Assisted suicide is the suicide of a patient affected by the taking of lethal drugs provided by a doctor for this purpose. This total lack of regard for human life is the anathema of Torah Judaism.  (watch Video Here)
Two sessions ago, four assembly members sponsored the first New Jersey assisted suicide bill. Unfortunately, two of those four represent the bulk of


Bergen County’s Jewish community: Tim Eustace (the largest communities being Fair Lawn/Paramus/Bergenfield) and Valerie Huttle (the largest communities being Englewood/Teaneck/Tenafly). Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (also from the Englewood/Teaneck/Tenafly district) was a cosponsor of the bill. The bill went on to pass the Assembly health committee, but thank God, never picked up traction in the assembly for a full vote.


The hearing saw many people testify against the bill including many disabled people who rightly feel that this bill will put them at risk. It was pointed out during the hearing that while sponsors say that this bill is about helping people in pain, this bill allows for the termination of someone who has no pain. Another point brought up is in Oregon, which has this law, Medicaid has turned a few people down for life-saving treatments including chemotherapy but offered to pay for the poison to kill them instead.

Then on the first day of Sukkot, the NJ Assembly announced that there will be a vote before the entire assembly on Thursday of Chol Hamoed. The only Orthodox Jew in the assembly, Gary Schaer, let us down tremendously. On the morning of the vote he was asked to openly speak against the bill, which many long-time lobbyists felt could have changed a few votes. Not only did he not speak against the bill, but he was acting as chair during its passage.

During the session, Assemblyman Robert Auth said the proof needed that the patient is interested in suicide is signatures of two witnesses. However, an agent of the patient’s medical insurance company, the most biased of all, would be considered a witness under this bill. Therefore, he asked for a vote that would bring the bill back to the committee to fix the flaws with this bill that are apparent to even supporters of the concept of assisted suicide. Unfortunately party politics interfered with basic sanity and instead voted (including Gary Schaer) to vote on the bill right away.

Gary Schaer closed the vote in an unusual and abrupt way to make sure that the bill passed. People who have been around Trenton for years commented how “unusual the vote closing was.” The bill passed by only one vote and unfortunately most of assembly members that represent the Jewish community voted the wrong way, including all of those who represent Bergen County’s Jewish community.

It was clear that because of Gary Schaer’s actions and inactions and Marlene Caride (Passaic’s other representative) the bill passed.

Sincerely,
Avraham Sharaby
Lakewood, NJ

23 comments:

  1. Rep Gary Shaer (as I have written and spoken to him previously (re: same S. Marriage that he abstained and thereby had the bill pass) does not represent on a personal basis aTorah Hashkofa.

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    1. Rep Gary Shaer (as I have written and spoken to him previously (re: same Gender Marriage that he abstained and thereby had the bill pass) does not represent on a personal basis a Torah Hashkofa.

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    2. indeed. 50% of is constituents are Orthodox Jews. very sad

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  2. The Agudah applauded Gary at the recent conventiuon

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    1. What grant did he get them?

      I'd boycott that program.

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  3. Really? The "biggest threat" to America and Jews?

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    1. he wrote "one of the biggest". not "the biggest."

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    2. doesn't it say "one of the biggest" this clearly would make a top ten list.

      If this bill chas veshalom becomes legal many Jews will be pressured to utilize this, even if not a single jew caves in to the pressure, there is still the fact that insurance companies will reduce their treatment.

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  4. If I weren't frum I'd totally understand assisted suicides.
    Why should my beliefs matter to the general population??

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    1. lo saamod al dam reicha for one.

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    2. What about 'mercy'murder of disabled?
      What's the if a doctor does it or a layperson?

      Either ending a life is homicidal or it's all relative

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    3. What nonsense.

      The magic word is "consent"
      Incidentally it's also what separates a gift from theft.

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    4. 1. this bill has proof of consent that includes allowing the most biased of all to act as witnesses as you can clearly read in the letter
      "During the session, Assemblyman Robert Auth said the proof needed that the patient is interested in suicide is signatures of two witnesses. However, an agent of the patient’s medical insurance company, the most biased of all, would be considered a witness under this bill. Therefore, he asked for a vote that would bring the bill back to the committee to fix the flaws with this bill that are apparent to even supporters of the concept of assisted suicide. Unfortunately party politics interfered with basic sanity and instead voted (including Gary Schaer) to vote on the bill right away.
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    5. 2. murder of someone who want to die is also murder

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  5. Thank You Avraham for bringing these important subjects to the forefront. chazak v'amatz!

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  6. תודה שהעלת את זה על השולחן. חזק ואמץ
    הלוואי וירבו כמוך בישראל!

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  7. The Magic Word is "Murder"


    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”




    Maybe you desire Orwellian doublespeak, but we do not!
    Is anyone stopping someone from committing suicide themselves?!
    Does that allow one to have a hand in shortening someone else's life?!
    Why did we fight the Cold War?! If life doesn't have a value beyond all then the difference between us and the Communists is just a difference in degree!
    Hospitals have, until now, been looked upon as a place of refuge. Are you prepared for them to be turned into actuarial bureaus,as is happening in other countries, deciding how much value to allot each person?!
    Are you ready to accept a seismic change?!

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    1. Seismic change?
      This has been going on in Belgium and other places for years. If someone feels like their life is too painful for them...let them make that decision.
      The reason why I don't support this is because I'm a frum person and I do believe in a sacredness to life that is rooted in my faith. But why should my faith effect others?

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    2. 1. If you don't actively oppose this the Torah deems it that YOU are the murderer.
      2. Where ever this law becomes legal, people who don't want to die are pressured to die by their medical insurance companies. (look up Stephanie Packer for one)
      3. Yes Belgium has rapidly become a more murderous society extending the "decision" to children in the past year

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  8. The biggest Proponents of Doctor AA are also many of the biggest opponents of Capital Punishment,because who are we to take someone's life.How come?!

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  9. Life has infinite value for all,or.......

    How much is the price tag on yours?

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  10. There is a drift in values that would have been unthinkable is becoming the norm.


    In a 2009 article in Canadian Medical Association Journal, Tom Koch discussed the Polio epidemic in the 1950s. He wrote how everyone scrambled to save every life. Gymnasiums were turned into wards and cots were lined up from wall to wall. Steel lung machines were made and people were kept alive in these big negative pressure boxes. It was an imperative to save as many lives as possible. Nobody considered the costs or the quality of life of the people that were saved. He lamented that in todays society the polio victims would be counseled against seeking treatment and most would die.

    Go,at least, Take off your yarmulka

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