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Doctors may again help N.J. patients end their lives, court ruling says. The decision was immediately challenged.

  An appeals court Tuesday overturned the restraining order that halted New Jersey’s “Aid in Dying” law, which enables terminally ill people to obtain a prescription and end their lives. Yosef Glassman, the physician in Englewood who challenged the law on religious and professional grounds, immediately filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court, his

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Too many risks come with assisted suicide

As a practicing physician for many years, I disagree with Dr. Roger Kligler’s call for legalized assisted suicide (“Why doctors support the option of medical aid in dying,” My View, July 25). I support the long-standing position of the American Medical Association that assisted suicide is “fundamentally incompatible with the role of physician as healer.”

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Colorado Man Sues Hospital Over Assisted Suicide Medication

Opponents of assisted suicide warn that assisted suicide laws will eventually be expanded in the United States as they have in European countries and in Canada.  We are already seeing attempts at expansion in the United States.  For example, one of the supposed safeguards in assisted suicide laws is that doctors and hospitals are supposedly

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Supreme Court refuses to lift order blocking assisted suicides

  New Jersey’s top court declined to overturn a judge’s order preventing implementation of the state’s physician-assisted suicide law, instead sending the matter to the Appellate Division for a ruling on whether the measure should be struck down. The Supreme Court said in an order Tuesday it would not lift last week’s temporary restraining order

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NJ appeals judge’s order stalling state’s assisted suicide law

  New Jersey’s attorney general is asking the state’s top court to quickly overturn a judge’s ruling that barred doctors from prescribing life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. The law, effective Aug. 1, was put on hold last week by a judge in Mercer County. On Friday, the first day doctors could have prescribed lethal medication

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People with disabilities accuse New York of putting their lives at stake

  At the end of May, disability rights activists went to Albany to voice their opposition to the proposed assisted suicide legislation in New York.  Kristen Hanson, Community Relations Advocate at the Patient’s Rights Action Fund, and Stephanie Woodward, Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights and member of ADAPT, joined The Capital

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Health Justice Commons Launches Medical Abuse Hotline In Honor of Carrie Ann Lucas

  “On February 24th, 2019, Carrie Ann Lucas, a beloved and renowned disability rights attorney and trailblazer who innovated representation for parents with disabilities, died after being denied a $2,000 medication for a lung infection by her health insurer, UnitedHealthcare. Lucas was forced into taking a less expensive medication she was known to be allergic

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New Jersey’s assisted suicide law blocked by temporary restraining order

  A state judge in New Jersey issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday blocking the state’s right-to-die law from being implemented two weeks after it took effect. The move came after Dr. Yosef Glassman, a Bergen County physician, filed a lawsuit, saying he refused to participate in assisted suicides, including referring patients to another doctor if he decides to

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Nurse says better palliative care negates need for assisted dying

  As the voluntary assisted dying Bill hit State Parliament last week, a palliative care nurse was ramping up her fight against it. Lou Angus has worked in palliative care for 30 years and believes if people with “life-limiting illness” had adequate access to it then voluntary assisted dying would not be needed. The Scarborough

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Woman confronts ‘Dr Death’ at Perth euthanasia forum

  A pro-euthanasia forum in Perth has turned ugly after a young woman tried to direct questions to controversial former doctor Philip Nitschke.  Backers of the man dubbed Dr Death, converged on the woman and demanded she leave. “There are young people who have died, people with depression,” she argued back. “It’s wrong, it’s totally

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities Found in Palliative Care Use

  Assisted suicide is a tragedy, and it disproportionately affects the poor, elderly, and individuals with disabilities because they are the first to suffer from these reckless laws.  For them, assisted suicide will quickly become a duty to die because of a lack of resources or the need for expensive health care.  This public policy

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