New Jersey's governor has lost one round on the life issue but is pushing ahead to make sure a major component of the death industry doesn't suffer financially.
The state's assisted-suicide law went into effect August 1, but a Mercer County judge issued an injunction blocking it. The "Aid in Dying" law would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medications to patients who are terminally ill. The Office of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal subsequently asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to overturn the injunction, but the high court refused to do so.
Marie Tasy, executive director of New Jersey Right to Life, tells OneNewsNow that the AG's brief called terminal illness and people with disabilities undignified.
"No one is ever an undignified human being, regardless of whether they are healthy or they're not healthy," she states. "They are human beings and they are created in the image and likeness of God, and they should be protected to the fullest extent of the law and given the respect that they deserve."
According to Politico.com, Grewal's request to the state's high court actually referred to "the intense suffering, pain, and indignity of terminal illnesses."
Meanwhile, the Trump administration's ruling that family planning funds can't go to abortion providers has spurred the New Jersey governor and others into action.
"In the FY20 budget, they allocated $10.5 million to Planned Parenthood," Tasy explains. "They're now talking about giving them an additional $8.8 million to make up for the Title X regulation."
The situation is similar in Vermont, where taxpayers will have to come up with another $800,000 to make up the difference in Title X funding. New York has funds already budgeted for the purpose but has yet to release the money.
Wait a minute … not with MY money!
A new poll on abortion suggests people don't want tax dollars used to pay for abortions. Interestingly, the poll was conducted by a pro-abortion organization – The Public Religion Research Institute.
Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League explains that the poll results on restrictions on abortions are a bit one-sided – and not all conclusions are on the mark.
"… If you drill down to the kinds of abortions that they might support, [most people] prove to be opposed to most abortions," he shares. "So you need to give people more specific details when you ask them about 'some' abortions or 'most' abortions – and they didn't include 'some' in here. It was always 'all' abortions or 'most' abortions, and that's very vague for people."
Actually, Scheidler says, most people support restrictions on abortions. "But perhaps the most important finding for us as a pro-life movement was the fact that there is more fervor on this issue on the pro-life side," he tells OneNewsNow. "There's more of a determination of those who are strongly opposed to abortion to actually see something done about it on a political level."
The poll did show opposition to using federal funds to pay for abortions. Scheidler says one factor is that when Medicaid dollars are used for that purpose, and once people are informed the money came from themselves, they tend to oppose it.