I Have Never Been More Ashamed of My State: An Explanation

| April 24, 2019

We knew this was coming, but it just happened today. Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill and assisted suicide is now legal in New Jersey. The legislation passed by a thin majority a few weeks ago, and Murphy had already said he would sign it, and now it’s official. New Jersey becomes the 8th state to do this. I love my state. There’s a lot to love. I love the amount of diners we have. I love the music that came out of New Jersey. I love the Devils (#TripleHLine #LoseForHughes). With all of that said, I have never been more ashamed of my state. This disgusting piece of legislation is so far removed from how a decent society should act. What so many people don’t understand is the pressure that accompanies assisted suicide. They say that it is a “choice” for patients to make, and technically that’s true, but it’s not entirely accurate. When someone is seen as a burden, their families may push them to end their lives. Many people who go through with assisted suicide have tremendous external pressures. It is not just families who apply these pressures. Insurance companies don’t want to pay for sick people if they don’t have to. They also apply that pressure. People need to become educated on what assisted suicide is. It’s not a choice. It’s another ableist construct of the culture of death. I remember the last few years going to the New Jersey Right To Life Banquet and they always brought up that people were trying to legalize assisted suicide. I didn’t think it would actually happen. Not only that, but we are one of only seven states. New Jersey has come out as one of the seven most depraved states in the country. I’m sad. I’m really sad. Now I have to end this article and turn on some Frank Sinatra to convince myself that I don’t actually hate my state.