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Petro v. Platkin

New Jersey Appellate Division

June 10, 2022

The New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed the Chancery Division’s order that ruled the plaintiffs lacked standing and their substantive challenge lacked merit. At issue was New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, which permits an adult with a terminal illness and whose physician has determined that they have a life expectancy of six months or less to obtain from their physician a prescription for medication that the patient can choose to self-administer to end their life in a humane and dignified manner. The plaintiffs were a terminally ill man, a physician, and a pharmacist seeking to enjoin the act. The Chancery and Appellate Divisions found that the plaintiffs lacked standing, and their prolix challenges to the substance of the legislation were meritless.

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