New Jersey residents who are terminally ill and have six months or less to live would be permitted to have a doctor prescribe lethal dosages of medication to end their lives, under a bill a state Legislature committee approved on Oct. 6.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee voted 8-2 in support of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, A2451. The bill’s success is far from certain. It still must pass the full Assembly and the Senate, and be signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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