Murphy vows to fight 'right to die' law block

Mike Dougherty
August 16, 2019 - 7:44 am
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a number of bills into law Monday aimed at fighting an increase in foreclosures throughout the Garden State.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A judge in New Jersey has put a hold on the state's new so-called "right to die" law that allows people who have a terminal illness to buy and self-administer life-ending drugs. The governor plans to fight it.

The law went into effect earlier this month, and it's been challenged by a doctor who says this is an affront to religious doctors.

A judge in Mercer County signed an order blocking the law this week, and there's a hearing scheduled for October.

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Dr. Yosef Glassman is an orthodox Jew and says the law not only violates religious freedom but it also violates the law barring suicide.

Gov. Phil Murphy says he wasn't overly excited about signing the bill into law, but he will fight for it.

"This was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn't be the law that dictates how things end," Murphy said.

The law allows a terminally ill patient to request life-ending drugs. Two doctors have to sign off on it. New Jersey was one of eight states to allow end-of-life options.