Please use the template linked here and pasted below for letters to the editors of your local newspaper in defense of New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. Links to the submission forms or emails of several newspapers are provided following the letter template below.

[Check the paper’s website to determine the requirements for letters to the editor, including word limit, and how to submit it, either via email or online.]

Re: [Insert title of Editorial/Op-Ed/Story about court ruling, Date Published] 

Dear Editor:

  • I strongly support New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. 
  • I am outraged about the recent court ruling temporarily suspending the law that now prevents mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live from using the law to request medical aid in dying as a palliative care option to peacefully end unbearable suffering.
  • There are dying people right now who are depending on this law. 
  • It is heartless to try and take away this compassionate end-of-life care option from them. 
  • Everyone should be able to decide, in consultation with their doctor and loved ones, the end-of-life care option that is right for them, which honors their faith, spirituality and values.
  • People who oppose medical aid in dying can refuse to participate in the law, but they shouldn’t have the power to impose their values on others and deny them the option of medical aid in dying.
  • I call on my elected officials to do everything possible to protect the New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying Act.
  • I applaud Compassion & Choices for representing terminally ill New Jerseyans to overturn this ruling on their behalf.

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Links to local stories for reference and letter to the editor submission forms or email addresses:

 

North Jersey Record: Judge puts NJ’s new aid-in-dying law on hold for now, Aug. 15, 2019

LTE Submission Form: https://static.northjersey.com/submit-letter/

 

Asbury Park Press: Judge puts NJ’s new aid-in-dying law on hold for now, Aug. 15, 2019 

LTE Submission: Email [email protected]

 

Courier Post: Judge puts NJ’s new aid-in-dying law on hold for now, Aug. 15, 2019   

LTE Submission: Email [email protected]

 

MyCentralJersey.com (Courier News/Home News Tribune): Judge puts NJ’s new aid-in-dying law on hold for now, Aug. 15, 2019 

LTE Submission: Email [email protected]

 

NJ.com: Judge prevents doctors from helping N.J. patients end their lives, Aug. 15, 2019

LTE Submission Form: https://www.nj.com/opinion/2018/01/submit_an_op-ed.html

 

Philadelphia Inquirer: New Jersey’s medically assisted suicide law put on hold, Aug. 15, 2019

LTE Submission Form: https://www.inquirer.com/philly/opinion/Write_to_Us__Letters_and_Op_Eds.html