Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Court order temporarily stops assisted suicide in New Jersey.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

I have amazing news.

Smith and Associates, a New Jersey law firm, obtained a temporary restraining order preventing the New Jersey assisted suicide act from going into effect. 

The New Jersey assisted suicide law passed on March 25 and was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on April 12.

The assisted suicide law went into effect on August 1, but due to the 15 day waiting period, no one could legally die by assisted suicide until Friday August 16. Smith and Associates stated:

The Act (which should be more properly called the “New Jersey Physician-Assisted Suicide Act”), provides for, among other things, the self-infliction of death by way of fatal “medication”, i.e. pharmaceutical poisons; compelling even non-participating physicians to transfer patients’ medical records for the purpose of furthering the Statute’s aims against many of such physicians’ beliefs and duties; allowing for the disparate treatment of patients; allowing for the transfer of unused fatal pharmaceuticals to persons not otherwise authorized; and amending the statutory duty to otherwise warn of harm to others. Moreover, the Act provides that in advance of the effective date of August 1, 2019, no fewer than six (6) regulatory bodies were to have issued required rules and regulations. However, no such required regulations or rules have been issued, rendering the entire death process wholly unregulated. If the Act is not immediately enjoined, New Jersey citizens can actually begin dying pursuant to its provisions as early as August 16, 2019.
The Superior Court of New Jersey, Justice Paul Innes, signed the temporary restraining order this morning. The New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Singh Grewel will have until September 13th to respond to the order.


Doreen said...

Excellent news. The passage of this bill was highly irregular. The only reason it was passed out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on February 7th, 2019, was because 2 senators who had previously voted against this bill were replaced with 2 Senators in favor of the bill at the last minute. Senators Sweeney and Scutari, who were called "temporary replacements" both voted in favor. I don't know how this wasn't it illegal. It violates the rules of how committees are supposed to work.

Dr. Jeff Koloze said...

While it is good news that a court stopped this medical killing law, it is unfortunate that it did so only because of bureaucratic problems. The people of New Jersey should overturn this law, which reduces physicians from people who heal to those who kill.

Nancy said...

Thou Shall Not Kill People!

Torah Jew said...

Where are trying to kill this, a few people got this far, and with God's help we will win.