New Jersey To Become 8th State To Allow Terminal Patients To Seek Assisted-Suicide

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New Jersey is thisclose to legalizing medically-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. reports the state Assembly voted 41-33 in favor of the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.”

Just minutes later, the state Senate approved the bill by a vote of 21-16.

Gov. Phil Murphy later issued a statement saying he would sign the measure into law.

“Allowing terminally ill and dying residents the dignity to make end-of-life decisions according to their own consciences is the right thing to do,” the Democratic governor said. “I look forward to signing this legislation into law.”

The law would apply to New Jersey residents who receive a terminal diagnosis, which is defined as “an incurable, irreversible and medically confirmed disease that will end the person’s life within six months.”

New Jersey would become the 8th state in the U.S. to adopt a ‘right to die’ law.

Currently, California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Hawaii, and Washington have passed legislation for medically-assisted suicide.

Montana’s law, which was established via court ruling, is currently being disputed.

Illinois: Marriage equality comes early to terminally ill lesbian

An Illinois judge has ruled that a terminally ill lesbian may marry her partner before the same-sex marriage law goes into effect next summer.

A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert.

Gray has bone and brain cancer and is not expected to live until Illinois’ gay marriage law goes into effect June 1. Camilla Taylor of the gay rights group Lambda Legal says Gray wishes to marry the woman she loves before she dies.

County Clerk David Orr says his office will expedite a marriage license to Gray and Taylor per Judge Thomas Durkin’s order,  adding it’s a service already granted to heterosexual couples in similar situations.


Terminally-ill man and partner travel to Maryland airport to marry on tarmac

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, together for 20 years, decided that they wanted to marry after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, but Ohio bans gay marriage and travel is difficult. “Arthur is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe,” reports, so conventional travel was out of the question.

Donations poured in that would cover the cost of a $12,700 private plane charter, adds:

Obergefell flew to Baltimore on Tuesday, obtained the marriage license and flew back a few hours later.

And then on Thursday Arthur and Obergefell boarded a Lear jet at Lunken Airport with a nurse, two pilots trained in emergency medicine, and Arthur’s aunt, Paulette Roberts, who’d been ordained to perform weddings with the hope that she’d someday get to do theirs.

They touched down in Baltimore at 10:39 a.m. The plane parked off the runway and the pilots stepped outside.

And then, in the cramped cabin of the jet, Obergefell seated next to Arthur’s stretcher, the couple turned to each other and held hands. Roberts sat behind them and began to speak.

(via Towleroad)