Judge puts NJ’s new assisted suicide law on hold due to lack of regulations


A New Jersey judge has put a hold on the state law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medications, which went into effect Aug. 1.

The temporary restraining order issued Wednesday prevents doctors from writing fatal prescriptions until at least Oct. 23, said Richard W. Grohmann, a lawyer at Smith & Associates in Bloomfield. The firm filed a lawsuit challenging the law last week.

Superior Court Judge Paul Innes in Mercer County granted the delay because state agencies and regulatory boards have failed to provide guidance to the state’s doctors, Grohmann said.

“The judge based his ruling on the fact that the statute required the issuance of regulations by various agencies,” he said. “None of those agencies has issued any regulation whatsoever.”

…The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, which will defend the law, declined to comment on the judge’s ruling. An office spokesperson previously said rulemaking was not necessary before enactment of the law…

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 8 and names Dr. Yosef Glassman of Bergenfield, who specializes in geriatrics, as the plaintiff. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is the defendant.

The lawsuit asks the judge to declare New Jersey’s law unconstitutional and in violation of the state and federal constitutions, specifically the right to life and equal protections, among other claims.

Read more at NorthJersey.com…

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