from Marie Tasy, Executive Director – New Jersey Right to Life
I wanted to make you aware of three new pro-life Assembly bills listed below that we have worked with legislators to help craft and introduce.
Senate companion versions will be introduced shortly.
Please thank the legislative sponsors of these bills and if your legislators did not sponsor these bills, please contact them and ask them to become a co- sponsor these bills. Please also ask them to urge their leadership to post the bills for a vote asap. Please share this information with your pro-life networks, friends and family.
The bill is modeled after the federal bill by the same name. It provides that, if an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive, any health care professional present at the time the child is born alive is to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care professional would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and ensure that the child is immediately transported and admitted to a hospital for treatment.
The bill imposes the following penalties:
- Any person who violates the provisions of the Act is to be guilty of a crime of the third degree punishable by three to five years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
- A person who intentionally performs or attempts to perform an overt act that kills a child born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion is to be guilty of violating N.J.S. 2C:11-3, punishable by 30 years to life in prison.
- A health care professional and any employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with the requirements of this bill’s provisions is to immediately report the failure to an appropriate State or federal law enforcement agency or both or be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, punishable by imprisonment for up to 18 months, a fine of up to $10,000 or both.
The bill exempts the mother of a child born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion from prosecution.
A5525 Repeals “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.”
This bill will repeal the NJ Assisted Suicide bill signed into law by Governor Murphy on April 12, 2019.
- Asm. Robert Auth
- Parker Space
A5469 makes it a crime of the first degree to coerce a patient to request medication pursuant to the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” or to forge a patient’s request for such medication.
This bill addresses some of the flaws in the NJ Assisted Suicide bill signed by Governor Murphy on April 12, 2019.
Auth, Robert as Primary Sponsor
DiMaio, John as Co-Sponsor
Peterson, Erik as Co-Sponsor
Dancer, Ronald S. as Co-Sponsor
Handlin, Amy H. as Co-Sponsor
Thomson, Edward H. as Co-Sponsor
DiMaso, Serena as Co-Sponsor
McGuckin, Gregory P. as Co-Sponsor
Wolfe, David W. as Co-Sponsor
Clifton, Robert D. as Co-Sponsor
Thank you so much for acting on our Alerts and continuing to be a voice for the voiceless!