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Court order temporarily stops assisted suicides in New Jersey

by | Aug 15, 2019

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Gurbir Singh Grewel, New Jersey Attorney General

I have amazing news.

Smith and Associates, a New Jersey law firm, obtained a temporary restraining order preventing assisted suicides from taking place in the New Jersey.

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.

Paul Innes, Presiding Judge, New Jersey Superior Court, signed the temporary restraining order Wednesday morning.

The New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Singh Grewel, will have until September 13th to respond to the order.

Categories: Judicial