TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Robert Auth and E. David Smith, Esq., the attorney representing Dr. Yosef Glassman in the lawsuit to stop the physician-assisted suicide law, argued it violates the constitution and state law during a press conference yesterday. They defended Superior Court Judge Paul Innes’ decision to grant a temporary restraining order that prevents doctors from writing fatal prescriptions.
About Medical Aid in Dying
The law, known as the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (A1504), narrowly passed each house of the Legislature by one vote in March. It went into effect August 1 and the first patients could have started receiving medication as early as Friday, Aug. 16. Following the judge’s ruling last Wednesday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed an emergent motion for leave to appeal. A response to the motion is due August 23.
About E. David Smith, Esq.
Smith, principal of Smith & Associates in Bloomfield, represents Dr. Yosef Glassman of Bergenfield, who opposes the law on religious and professional grounds.
About Assemblyman Robert Auth
Assemblyman Auth represents parts of Bergen and Passaic counties in the 39th legislative district. He sponsors legislation (A5469) that makes it a crime of the first degree to coerce a patient to request the life-ending drugs and a bill (A5525) to repeal the law entirely.