Cardinal calls NJ assisted suicide law ‘morally unacceptable’

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, has called the US State’s new law allowing assisted suicide “morally unacceptable.”

“Every gift of human life is sacred, from conception to natural death, and the life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition,” the cardinal said in a statement April 12, the day Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, effective Aug. 1.

“Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or disabled persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible,” Tobin said.

Under the new law, adults who receive a terminal diagnosis would be allowed to obtain self-administered medication to end their lives.