Murphy Administration Asks Supreme Court to End Restraining Order to Stop NJ Assisted Suicide Law

The following is from Marie Tasy, Executive Director of the New Jersey Right to Life.  Please read her commentary below as well the article in the NJBIZ from Daniel J. Munoz. 

We have just learned that the Murphy Administration has asked the NJ Supreme Court to end the restraining order halting the NJ Assisted Suicide law. Let’s hope the NJ Supreme Court refuses their request. 

We will continue to keep you apprised as we learn of new developments in this case.

Assisted suicide

By: Daniel J. Munoz 
August 19, 2019 3:07 pm

State officials are asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to end a judge’s halt on implementing the state’s “Aid in Dying” law, which will allow physician-assisted suicide of certain terminally ill patients.

Last week Mercer County Judge Paul Innes sided with a Bergan county physician, Dr. Yoseff Glassman of Bergenfield, who wanted the law declared unconstitutional and struck down, making the argument that the state has not yet rolled out enough regulations for the law, which went into effect on Aug. 1.

The Aug. 16 appeal filed by the Office of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asks the appeals court to lift the temporary restraining order while the lawsuit moves through the court system.

This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end … But it should be you and your loved ones.

– Gov. Phil Murphy

Glassman and his attorney, E. David Smith of Smith & Associates, will file their own response to the appeal this week.

“We’re going to vigorously fight that injunction,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at an unrelated press conference on Aug. 15 in Edison.

“It is really hard for me, particularly given growing up as a Catholic… This one was not an easy one to get to, but I got convinced that it shouldn’t be the law that dictates how things end,” he added. “But it should be you and your loved ones.”

A hearing on the legal validity of the “Aid in Dying” law is scheduled for Oct. 23. Until then doctors will be barred from writing any lethal prescriptions.

The judge’s decision “has disrupted the status quo, creating mass confusion among physicians and terminally ill patients,” the filing reads. “This disruption will irreparably harm such patients’ mental well-being and force them to continue in the intense suffering, pain, and indignity of terminal illnesses,” it adds. “Indeed, the attorney general is aware of one such family who was denied a prescription today based on the trial court’s order.

Under the measure – formally called the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, signed by Murphy in April – a doctor can prescribe life-ending medicine to someone with a terminal illness who has no more than six months to live. The measure requires a 15-day waiting period between when the patient requests the medication and when the doctor can write a prescription. Patients have to demonstrate that they are mentally sound and not being coerced into making the decision.

“What we believe [this law] is creating is a separate category of human beings, a life unworthy of life,” Smith said at a Monday press conference in Trenton.

Smith alleged that the law ran afoul of a 1976 Karen Ann Quinn New Jersey Supreme Court decision, wherein a comatose patient was taken off of life support, and that the ruling mandated that life-ending medication cannot be prescribed by doctors.

Additionally, Smith contested that a mandate that a doctor who refuses to take part in the life-ending procedure would still be required to hand over the patient’s medical records to a person seeking the option essentially coerces the doctor to take part in the process. Smith also alluded to a sort of slippery slope if the law continues. The minimum age for requesting the prescription might be lowered, for example.

“Once the process starts, it can grow and grow, the restrictions become lax, there’s no telling where it will stop,” Assemblyman Robert Auth, R-39th District, said at the Monday press conference.

“Family members might put this on… granny’s apple sauce,” Smith said. Or doctors and other medical staff, as well as the patient’s family, might find ways to circumvent the patient’s opposition to ending their own life. Without offering proof, he alleged that similar scenarios have already played out in Oregon and the Netherlands.

The measure has drawn considerable opposition, such as from the American Medical Society. The state Legislature narrowly approved the measure in both the Assembly and Senate. And, Auth unveiled his own legislation that would repeal the aid in dying law.

“That is not something that should be engaged in,” Auth said.

The points of the lawsuit were heavily disputed by one of the main sponsors of the bill, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-3rd District, who said the suit was an “eleventh-hour” effort to halt the measure.

The patient records, Burzichelli contended, are the property of the patient, and a doctor – who might be opposed to assisted suicide –would have no legal grounds for withholding those records from another physician who might engage in the process, Burzichelli told NJBIZ.

And, the legislation was meticulous and clear in crafting its wording by which state officials and physicians must adhere to when prescribing life-ending medication – contrary to the argument that there had not been enough regulations governing the law, according to Burzichelli.

“Nothing new was offered by Glassman’s attorney at today’s press conference,” Burzichelli added in a statement. “The details he discussed today have all been addressed as we worked nearly seven years to refine the legislation.”

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

Gun Control and the Culture of Death

The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend,  Barney Byrne.  He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.  

Gun Control

Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week.  When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes?  When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them.  When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge. 
When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all.  In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law. 
When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?  The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come.  We live in the most violent century in history.  Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death.  The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile.  We’re losing them.  In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms.  Look deeper.  The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”  
  Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence.  The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts.  The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century. 
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work.  We need to look deeper.  Until we’re willing to do that,  nothing fundamental will change.”
    Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children to be Held on Saturday, September 14th

On Saturday, September 14, pro-life Americans will honor the memory of the more than 60 million unborn victims of abortion during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Below is information as well as a list of memorial services being held that day from the Pro-Life Action League. 

Memorial Service

On Saturday, September 14th, 2019, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League will co-sponsor the 7th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, calling on pro-life Americans to honor the gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites, of which there are 52 across the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children.

Click here for times and locations for National Day of Remembrance services around the country.

Calling All Prayer Warriors! Please Join Pro-Life Berks at the Planned Parenthood in Reading, Pennsylvania

The following is from an email I received from Kathy Kuhns and the Pro-Life Berks Board of Directors looking for volunteers to join them in their Prayer Project (see previous article on this project here and read the Guidlines listed below) as well as other information from their weekly updates.  

Praying Hands

Calling all prayer warriors!  It’s time to start praying at Reading Planned Parenthood for the new Prayer Project.  We’re asking God to close Reading Planned Parenthood and end abortion here.   We need several hundred people to commit to praying at RPP every day of the week!  We’re facing very great evil as you know. RPP still does abortions after 20 years.  Please let Pastor Joe know you will be praying, and if you are planning on a set time each week (a half hour is fine), let him know that as well.  Pastor Joe:  jsclafani@ springvalley.church.

The first 30 people to sign up and commit to praying in the Prayer Project will receive a free t-shirt!  We’ll also be getting signs for you to hold and handouts.

Last week at Reading Planned Parenthood (RPP) there were 11 of us there when the abortionist arrived. (Thanks to Tome and Sue Taylor for bringing some young people from their church).    The abortionist shows little emotion, but at least he knows we’re praying for him and the babies.   RPP had there rainbow flag out again last wee, but not this week.  This week the new faces, and a few older ones, of the workers arrived.  They sure have a turnover of workers.  The abortionist came at his usual time.  Business was rather slow, thanks be to God, only a few who seemed abortion – minded entered.

If you have extra time to pray at RPP, please consider Wednesday morning, when the hazardous waste truck comes to pick up the boxed dead babies and other bloody trash to be taken to the incinerator for burning.  Pray for the souls of the babies and for this company, and it’s workers, to stop doing business with Reading Planned Parenthood.   I’ve been able to sprinkle holy water on the boxes a few times and talk to the driver,  so you can too.

Don’t forget to tune in to Pro-Life Berks on BCTV, Monday, Aug 19th, 8 PM,   Guests, the McFaddens.  Great story to tell!

Praise God that the movie, Unplanned, now on DVD, is number one!  So many people reached by this movie.

 

Guidelines for Praying and Bible Verses

Volunteers Needed by the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition at Their Annual Fundraising Event at the Polish Festival in Doylestown, Pennsylvania

The following was sent to me from Sandy Slater, Vice-President of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition.  They are looking for volunteers to help man their tables at their annual Labor Day fundraiser at Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Festival  on the following dates:

Saturday, August 31st; Sunday, September 1st; and Monday (Labor Day) September 2nd.

Saturday, September 7th, and Sunday, September 8th.

The hours are from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on each of the days listed above.

They are offering an opportunity to be a part of the pro-life movement which is making tremendous strides in banning abortion.  Please think about donating an hour or more to this fundraising event.  The more volunteers, the more successful this event will be.

Admission to the festival itself is $12.00; however, there is no charge to volunteer to help the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition at their tables.   If you are available for an hour or two (or more) to support their efforts,  contact Sandy at 215-538-1390.

This fundraising event raises money for the pregnancy help centers and homes located in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Festival

The mission of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is to educate the community regarding the sanctity of life issues from conception until natural death, and to provide financial support to pregnancy help centers in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania.   

Monthly meetings are held the last Monday of each month (except in the event of a  national holiday)  in the conference center of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 625 Street Road, Warminster, Pa.   Follow us on Facebook using this link.  

What You Can Do to Save Lives!

Below is commentary by Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  
There are many women out there who are hurting because of a decision they made or one that was made for them.  As Maria reminds us, there are many alternatives out there to help women heal after an abortion and many pregnancy help centers ready to help women who are facing a difficult decision. 
Please take a moment to read Maria’s article  and if you know someone who needs help, please offer that help to them in a loving, compassionate way.  I’ve listed links to a few pregnancy help centers and post-abortive groups below.  
You could be the One
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Whenever I contemplate the effect of abortion on women, I think of a friend I will refer to as “Jessica.”
A boyfriend pressured Jessica into an abortion when she was a young teenager. She felt she had no say in the matter, and she believed she was powerless.
Years after that tragic event, she firmly believes that if a single person had supported a decision for life on the day of abortion, her baby would not have died.
A noteworthy national poll bears that out. The survey of post-abortive women indicated that the vast majority of respondents would have decided against abortion if just one person had offered support. Just one!

Read more

Help Centers 

CareNet – use this link to find a CareNet Center in your area.
United States Pregnancy Help Centers – use link to find help centers in your area
In Southeast Pennsylvania, use this link provided by the Pro-life Union of Greater Philadelphia to find pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, adoption services and post-abortion help.
For post-abortive care nationally, use this link provided by Hope After Abortion.
Sidewalk Servants is a project of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  This program’s aim is to  educate volunteers on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.

In the End, the Truth is the Unborn Baby’s Best Friend

Below is commentary from Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation which appeared in the NRL News Today. 

female_infanticide

The abortion industry and its political backers have descended to a new low as far as double-speak is concerned.

For years, they have been promoting dehumanizing language such as “product of conception” and “blobs of tissue” to describe a uniquely formed, undeniably human preborn baby.

But the effort to obfuscate and deceive has intensified with the terminology used about and by their candidates for public office.

This week the pro-abortion lobbying group known as NARAL tweeted that a pro-abortion candidate was a “fighter for women and families.” Such a statement, by rights, should earn a few Pinocchios for its falsity.

Article continues here 

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is a grassroots right-to-life organization with members statewide. As the state affiliate of National Right to Life, PPLF is committed to promoting the dignity and value of human life from conception to natural death and to restoring legal protection for preborn children.  For more information on the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, please use this link. 

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues through the many postings on our blog and other social media sites.

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Join Good Counsel Homes to Celebrate Father Benedict Groeschel’s Birthday on August 17th

The following is from Christopher Bell, President of Good Counsel Homes located in New Jersey.  This event takes place on Saturday, August 17th.  

Father Benedict

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., served as Good Counsel’s Chairman of the Board of Directors from March 10, 1985 until his death on October 3, 2014, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Since Father Benedict would have turned 86 this July, we will gather on Saturday, August 17, 2019 to celebrate his life by giving thanks for Father Benedict in remembrance of his life, his work, and his legacy.

Please join us in a humble birthday celebration for the life of Father Benedict at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103.  Parking entrance is located on 8th Street. (map) 

The celebration will begin with Mass at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Terry Messer, C.F.R. as the Main Celebrant.  A luncheon will follow at 12:00 noon.  Fr. Terry Messer will then offer a reflection on Fr. Benedict at 12:45 p.m.

This is a free event. Please RSVP by Monday, August 12th by calling 201-795-0637 or via email to silvana_cowden@goodcounselhomes.org.

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If you would like to help continue the life-saving work which Father Benedict helped start with Good Counsel, please click here.

Save the Date! Saturday, November 16th – Philly’s 1st Annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for Women!!!!

The following is from the Facebook wall of Dr. Monique Ruberu.  Information on this conference is listed in the post below and on their website where you can sign up for updates on this event.  

Ladies Love Life

The date is confirmed!!! The Location is Confirmed!!!! Make sure you save the date for Philly’s 1st annual “Ladies Love Life” Pro Life Conference for women!!!!

Please sign up for the latest details on speakers and topics covered – all to be released soon and you don’t want to miss it!!!

Tickets on SALE @The Shop  25 & Under – Free – Regular Ticket $30!

Limited Space – Get your ticket before it is SOLD OUT!

LadiesLoveLife.com
Saturday Nov 16th 8:30-6
New Life Church,  

Eucharistic Adoration – Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat – September 20 – 22, 2019

The following was sent to me from Evelyn Walsh, Director of Rachel’s Vineyard in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  

If you know someone who could benefit from this retreat, please pass this information on to them.   If you live in the area, please try to make some time for  the Perpetual Adoration from the  Friday, September 20th until Sunday the 22nd.  Information as well as contact information is listed in the post below. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa is located at 654 Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901. (map) 

Rachels Vineyard

I am pleased to announce that we have another Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat scheduled for the weekend of September 20 – 22, 2019 at Our Lady of Czestochowa.  Jesus waits for us all in the Blessed Sacrament, we will have Perpetual Adoration from the beginning of our post-abortive healing retreat on Friday, September 20th until it ends on Sunday the 22nd.  The team and participants are eternally grateful to you for taking the time to pray for our intentions as the hard work of reconciling with God and accepting His graces and forgiveness occurs during that weekend.

If it’s possible for you to come to the Ave Maria Retreat House and spend a Holy Hour with Our Lord during our retreat, please contact Deb Nerviano at 484-432-0622 or dnerviano@live.com.  She is looking forward to hearing from you.  As we get closer to the retreat she will advise you as to what the door code number will be.  If you are new to the retreat house, the Adoration Chapel is on the second floor.  The chapel is directly above our meeting room and I can assure you that your prayers are felt flowing down upon us.  The enemy is not pleased with the beautiful healing that occurs during this retreat.  Your prayers are an integral part of each participant feeling renewed, refreshed and healed by His love.

You have my utmost gratitude for your prayers.  Please consider praying for the intentions of this Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat even though you may not be available to come to the retreat house chapel to pray.  Start praying even today to encourage anyone who is anxious about attending that weekend to find the courage to call me soon.  As of today, we’re more than half full.  It’s very common to receive registrations at the last minute due to the content and nature of this retreat.  You may even know of someone in need of post-abortive healing.  I look forward to hearing from them.

As always, we love to receive your special treats such as cookies, brownies, (sweets of any kind really, and healthier appetizers (hummus, veggies or fruits perhaps) to offer during our breaks throughout the weekend.  If you would like to drop some goodies off, please contact me as to what it is so that I can keep a list.  And, if it’s on your heart and you have the means to donate financially to offer scholarships to those in need it would be most helpful.  May God bless you for your generosity.

For more information or to register, please contact Evelyn Walsh at 215-317-5752.