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Gov. Phil Murphy. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Judge suspends right-to-die law

Murphy says state will ‘vigorously fight’ injunction

By Nikita Biryukov, August 15 2019 4:23 pm

A Mercer County Superior Court judge approved a restraining order blocking New Jersey’s newly-enacted right-to-die law.

Judge Paul Innes will hear arguments from the attorney general’s office and attorneys for Joseph Glassman, the physician who filed the suit, on October 23, according to a copy of the judge’s order.

In the meantime, all portions of the law are suspended, and Richard Grohmann, senior counsel for Smith & Associates, which represents Glassman, has sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Francis Baker asking that the attorney general’s office inform the state’s doctors of the law’s suspension and update governmental websites to reflect the same.

“I know the attorney general is going to put some guidance out,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “We’re going to vigorously fight that injunction.”

The law allows for the euthanization of some terminally ill patients.

“Over many years, we’ve heard profoundly emotional stories of patients and families who advocated for this law,” Assemblyman John Burzichelli said. “It is truly unfortunate that those qualified terminally ill patients who may have sought relief under the new law may be suffering while this matter is resolved.”

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