NJ Lawmakers pass bill to provide complete immunity to health-care workers and hospitals for medical treatment related to COVID-19 emergency

Note:  This bill was signed into law by Governor Murphy on April 14, 2020. There was no hearing on the bill.  It was passed as an emergency measure on Monday, April 13, 2020 in a vote taken remotely by both houses of the Legislature.  

From 101.5 FM Radio

by Michael Symons, April 13, 2020

State lawmakers passed a bill Monday that would provide criminal and civil immunity to health-care workers and hospitals in New Jersey for medical treatment related to the COVID-19 emergency.

The bill, S2333/A3910, would be retroactive to March 9. It is intended to prevent malpractice lawsuits against doctors and nurses, including students rushed to graduation to help respond to the pandemic, for any acts or omissions undertaken in good faith.

“Are we better off someone because there wasn’t a doctor to take care of them, or are we better off getting as many medical professionals in service, retired doctors, nurses, the whole gamut, as we’re hitting the height of this,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester.

“We are in a crisis right now. And getting medical professionals in service is more important right now. … It’s not a wonderful choice,” he said. “But it’s better to bring professionals, health care professionals, on line rather than have no doctors to treat patients because they’re sick or they’re stretched out.”

Sweeney said the bill was developed in conjunction with Gov. Phil Murphy’s office, which he said had made the issue a priority.

The bill specifically prevents lawsuits connected with the proper use of a “scarce critical resource allocation policy” – meaning, decisions about how to use ventilators, intensive care unit beds and other resources that may be in limited supply.

That concerned Sen. Nia Gill, D-Essex, who called it “so crucial to people who have these core co-morbidities” that might make a hospital or doctor choose to provide resources to another patient with better changes of surviving a coronavirus infection.

“There is nothing in this bill that requires the hospital, the doctor or the provider to call a family and tell a family we are not giving your mother the ventilator. We are not going to give your mother a bed. We are not going to treat your mother or your husband or your son with the medication,” Gill said.

“In fact, this bill gives criminal immunity to everyone regardless, and it creates an absolute immunity from criminal liability,” she said.

Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, said there isn’t “anything nefarious in this bill.”

Smith had heard from a doctor who specializes in pediatric anesthesiology who is being asked to help with COVID patients and wants to help but worries she’d be a target for a med-mal lawsuit.

“If we’re calling for medical experts to come to the aid of their state and the aid of their citizens, we’ve got to not do harm to them,” Smith said. “We can’t impose on them to say make yourself vulnerable to attacks when we’re short on the medical expertise.”

The bill was passed without any committee hearings or public testimony by votes of 30-2 in the Senate and 73-1 with five votes to abstain in the Assembly.

Sen. Mike Doherty, R-Warren, would have voted to abstain, but votes aren’t recorded that way in the Senate. He was instead recorded as not voting. Doherty said it’s a serious situation and that doctors who volunteer should be shielded but perhaps not hospitals.

“We’re providing blanket immunity for hospitals and health care systems, but we’re stripping away long-standing protections that exist for patients, our constituents, that may actually be injured here,” he said. “So it seems that the risk is being reallocated to the detriment of 100% of our constituents.”

Assemblyman Jamel Holley, D-Union, voiced similar concerns before voting to abstain.

“Any individual or any individual’s family that may have experienced some type of legal malpractice, that ability to do that is being removed right now,” Holley said.

The bill was amended to clarify that is only applies to the current state and emergency and public health emergency. For instance, said Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Essex, obstetrics malpractice in a delivery of a child would not be exempt from lawsuits.

“This is exclusively and only and clearly related to COVID-related treatment. Secondly, it’s not a blanket immunity, and I think that’s very important for all of us to understand,” said McKeon, who said gross or reckless actions still are subject to liability.

The bill says the immunity granted would not apply to acts or omissions constituting a crime, actual fraud, actual malice, gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct.

“The risk is how many lives do we save versus how many lives would be lost?” said Sen. Steve Oroho, R-Sussex. “So I’m supporting the bill. I know we’ve got some cleanup to do. But let’s err on the side of saving versus losing.”

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Exploiting a Crisis: Unethical Experiments Undermine Real Help for Coronavirus Patients

Exploiting a Crisis: Unethical Experiments Undermine Real Help for Coronavirus Patients
David A. Prentice
Editor’s Note: This piece was coauthored by Tara Sander Lee.
Posted: Mar 26, 2020 12:01 AM


The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.
Someone once said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste,” and scientists longing to push aside key ethical boundaries took it to heart. A recent Washington Post article claims possible treatments for coronavirus will not be discovered without using body parts harvested from abortions, and that ethical considerations are blocking potential drugs that could “save hundreds of thousands of lives.”

This is not the first time the doomsayers have been exposed for making false and contemptible statements to justify their questionable experiments. But like so many before it, the latest claim is specious. The coronavirus pandemic provides a convenient opportunity to play on people’s fears.  It’s dishonest and wrong.
Experimentation involving aborted babies’ body parts is controversial for a reason: it is unethical, antiquated science – and it’s totally unnecessary. There is no need whatsoever for its use in development of protections or treatments for the coronavirus or any other disease. Instead of squandering precious taxpayer dollars, we should be optimizing the wide array of modernsuccessful alternatives we already have.

A host of ethical alternatives are available now, and many more are in development thanks to NIH directing additional funding to new areas of research.  For coronavirus in particular, there are over 60 potential treatments under investigation.  Making the conscientious decision not to exploit aborted children’s bodies won’t stop us from fighting coronavirus. Indeed, there is no lack of swift progress with ethical alternatives, including some that have already started clinical trials.
One potential treatment for coronavirus involves the use of a humanized mouse (that is, a mouse with a humanized immune system), but it does not use any aborted baby parts.  This modern version, the VelocImmune mouse, is genetically engineered to produce human antibodies for therapeutic use including arthritis and potential treatment for coronavirus infection.

Repurposing an already-approved drug also shows promise in treating coronavirus.  A drug widely used for malaria is moving particularly fast through the research, development, and clinical trial process, when used alone or in combination with other drugs.

Adult stem cells – which are derived from ethical sources present in the body, not from destroyed embryos – are also delivering results. One type of human adult stem cell has been shown to generate new lung tissue and heal damaged lungs.  In fact, the researchers noted that this adult stem cell type is essential to repairing lung tissue damaged by severe influenza and other respiratory ailments. Another adult stem cell type has already been deployed in China and is improving health outcomes for patients with coronavirus-associated pneumonia.

With so many other successful alternatives available to researchers, pushing experimentation with aborted baby body parts at a time like this, when many people worldwide already feel vulnerable, is petty and ludicrous. The Trump administration’s new policy toward these experiments rightly puts ethics first in considering taxpayer-funded grants to researchers who want to use body parts from elective abortions. This week, HHS is accepting nominations for an Ethics Board to carefully examine the ethics of these research proposals. Between the coronavirus and the administration’s action, the timing of complaints from scientists who want to keep tax dollars flowing to their grisly projects is as unsurprising as it is inappropriate.

These objectors always fail to mention that their experiments don’t just require the intentional and deliberate destruction of human life to get the body parts they so covet – they incentivize it. Often the baby who’s sacrificed can feel pain. Some might even survive outside the womb. This argument gets to the heart of what is right and what is wrong and what should and should not be allowed in the name of science. The fact is, the use of aborted baby body parts for research is never justified or necessary.
David Prentice, Ph.D. is Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. is Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences for the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

Governor Murphy Halts all Elective Procedures Except Abortion

New Jersey Shuts Down Non-Essential Health Care, Allows Abortion Clinics to Keep Killing Babies

STATE   MICAIAH BILGER   MAR 23, 2020   |   7:19PM    TRENTON, NJ

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s order Monday banning all elective medical procedures in the state includes an “explicit exemption” for aborting unborn babies.

While much of the country is focused on saving lives, abortion activists and their political allies are still intent on killing them – even while medical resources are scarce and people are dying from the coronavirus.

“Governor Murphy’s executive order exempting abortion during this global pandemic defies logic and is highly irresponsible,” said New Jersey Right to Life Executive Director Marie Tasy. “97% of all abortions are elective procedures and are not medically necessary.”

A press release from Murphy’s office states that all elective surgeries and other medical procedures will be temporarily banned beginning Friday to “preserve the capacity of the health care system” to respond to the coronavirus. The governor’s order states that all medical and dental operations should be delayed unless there is undue risk to the patient’s health.

“Our new reality calls for aggressive action to reduce the burden on our health care system and protect our frontline medical responders,” Murphy said. “Given the dramatic shortfall in personal protective equipment we face, it’s imperative that we work with our partners in health care to strategically preserve supplies and equipment for emergency purposes only.”

However, the governor specifically excluded elective abortions from his order. “Explicit exemption for family planning and termination of pregnancies: The order provides that it shall not be interpreted in any way to limit access to family planning services, including termination of pregnancies,” the press release states.

Tasy said the governor should be focused on saving lives, not aiding the abortion industry.

“Vital medical supplies and precious resources which already are in short supply need to be preserved for our hospitals and health care workers to be able to fight against COVID-19,” she said. “We call on Governor Murphy to do the right thing by reversing this action immediately so that valuable resources can instead be utilized for urgent health care needs that will actually help save human lives and mitigate human suffering.”

Murphy is not the only one. Pro-abortion Democrat governors in Massachusetts and Washington state also carved out exceptions allowing elective abortions to continue during the coronavirus crisis.

Other governors have issued similar orders limiting non-essential medical procedures, but abortion facilities continue to do abortions there as well. Abortion businesses are still open in California and Pennsylvania, despite their governors’ bans on non-essential medical care. LifeNews reported about similar situations in Illinois, Maine and Puerto Rico last week.

Despite what these Democrat governors claim, almost all abortions are elective. What’s more, they are not life-saving, they are life-destroying. An unborn baby is killed, and its mother’s life is put at risk.

So far, two states have recognized this in their efforts to combat the coronavirus. Both Texas and Ohio included abortion facilities in their bans on non-essential surgeries and procedures. However, Ohio abortion facilities are refusing to comply.

ACTION: Contact Gov. Phil Murphy online, call his office at 609-292-6000 or contact him through Twitter at @GovMurphy


President Trump Speaks at the 2020 March for Life

President Trump Tells March for Life: “Every Child Born and Unborn is a Sacred Gift From God”

 NATIONAL   STEVEN ERTELT   JAN 24, 2020   |   2:04PM

President Donald Trump told tens of thousands of pro-life advocates at the March for Life that unborn children have worth and value.

“Every child is a precious and sacred gift from God,” he said during his speech (full transcript here). “Together we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.”

“When we see a baby in the womb we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation,” he added. “Every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”

The president thanked the millions of Americans who are pro-life and the march participants for showing up to fight to fight against abortion.

“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life!” Trump told the crowd.

“We are here for a very simple reason: To defend the right of every child – born and unborn – to fulfill their God given potential,” he said. “Young people are the heart of the March for Life and it is you who is making it the pro-family, pro-life generation.”

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President Trump defended his pro-life record, starting with taking action on his first day in office to defund International Planned Parenthood.

“From my 1st day in office I have taken historic action to protect the unborn,” he said. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House… As the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made.”

“And during my first week in office, I reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy and we issued a landmark pro-life rule to govern the use of Title X taxpayer funding. I notified Congress that I would veto any legislation that weakens pro-life policy or that encourages the destruction of human life,” he said. “At the United Nations, I made clear that global bureaucrats have no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that protect innocent life. [applause] Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. [applause]”

“We have taken decisive action to protect the religious liberty – so important – religious liberty has been under attack all over the world and frankly, very strongly attacked in our nation. You see it better than anyone. But we are stopping it. And we’re taking care of doctors, nurses, teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” he added.

“We are preserving faith-based adoption and to uphold our founding documents, we have appointed 187 federal judges, who apply the consultation as written, including two phenomenal supreme court justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh,” the president said.

The president condemned Democrats for pushing abortion on demand.

“Sadly, the far left is working to erase our God-given rights, shut down faith-based charities, ban religious leaders from the public square, and silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. They are coming after me because I am fighting for you and we are fighting for those who have no voice. And we will win because we know how to win. [applause] We all know how to win. We all know how to win. You’ve been winning for a long time. You’ve been winning for a long time,” he said.

Together, we are the voice for the voiceless. When it comes to abortion – and you know this, you’ve seen what’s happened – Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions taken and seen in this country for years and decades, and you can even say, for centuries.

Nearly every top Democrat in congress now supports taxpayer-funded abortion all the way up until the moment of birth. Last year, lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb right up until delivery.

President Trump proclaimed “Mothers are heroes” as he thanked attendees for their leadership. He added, every child brings joy to a family… every human life is made in the Holy image of Almighty God.”

He concluded, “I went to thank you, it’s so great to represent you, I love you all, and I say with true passion ‘Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

Governor Murphy Signs Bill to Remove long-standing Religious protection from health insurance plans



Governor Murphy ignored the objections of religious employers and signed Bill A5508/S3804 into law on January 16, 2020.


1/10/20 Update:  The Senate Passed A5508/S3804 by a vote of 21-15 with 4 Democrats Not Voting.  To see how your Senators voted, go HERE

S3804/A5508 passed the state assembly on June 20, 2019.  To see how your Assembly members voted, go HERE  .

Contact Governor Murphy and urge him to veto the bill.

Phone:609 292 6000

Email the Governor: HERE

You can also go to our legislative action center from our website to send a pre-written email urging the Governor to veto the bill HERE

S3804/A5508 is part of a package of bills that the Governor and the legislature are supporting to create a New Jersey version of the federal Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act of 2010.

Unfortunately, the bills would expand insurance coverage for abortion inducing drugs. The bill also removes the exemption in current law for religious employers to provide coverage for female contraceptives if the required coverage conflicts with the religious employer’s bona fide religious beliefs and practices.

Please go to our Legislative Action Tab and take the directed action to prevent this bill from becoming law.  Thank you.

Gov Murphy signs Bill to Force NJ Taxpayers to Fund Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business




On January 2, 2020, flanked by Planned Parenthood employees, Governor Murphy signed A5802/S4103 into law. You can read our Press Release below:

January 2, 2020 Press Release

You can read the nj.com article which includes our comments at the link below:


Thank you for taking action on this bill. We know that thousands of phone calls and emails were sent to the offices of our State Senators, Assembly members and the Governor. NJRTL testified against this legislation in both the assembly appropriations committee and the senate budget committee.

We will continue to let our voices be heard on these matters. We invite others who are sick and tired of these types of oppressive policies forced upon us by this governor and Legislature to stand with us and let your voices be heard.


See how your 2 Assembly Reps and Senator voted on A5802/S4103, PP Funding Bill

On November 25, 2019, the full NJ Assembly approved Bill A5802, to give $9.5 Million in taxpayer revenue to Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business. To see how your 2 Assembly Members voted, Go here: Assembly Vote on A5802

All Democrat Assembly Members Present Voted Yes, except Asm. Joseph Egan and Asm. Tom Giblin, who did not vote.
All Republican Members Present Voted No, except Asm. Kevin Rooney who didn’t vote and Asw. Holly Schepisi who abstained.

On December 16, 2019, the New Jersey Senate passed A5802//S4103 by a vote of 25 to 15. All Democrat senators voted yes and all Republican senators voted no.

To See how your Senator Voted, go here: SenatevoteonA5802S4103

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NJ Supreme Court refuses to reinstate restraining order against NJ Assisted Suicide law-case will move forward

N.J.’s highest court upholds law giving terminally ill patients the option to end their lives

The state’s controversial “Aid in Dying” law won the support of the state Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon, upholding a decision from earlier in the day dismissing a restraining order that prevented patients from pursuing their own death.

The “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” Gov. Phil Murphysigned in April took effect Aug. 1, but the law was put on hold due to the legal challenge.
Tuesday’s rulings means the law is in effect again.
A doctor in Englewood, Yosef Glassman, sued to overturn the law because he said it violates his religious beliefs and his oath as a physician to preserve life. Glassman won a restraining order on Aug. 14 preventing any doctors or pharmacists from dispensing lethal medication.
“We are, of course, disappointed with the Supreme Court’s ruling but nevertheless respect it,” Glassman’s attorney Richard Grohmann said.
Corinne Carey, state senior campaign director for Compassion & Choices, which helps pass death with dignity laws, praised the appeals court’s decision for putting patients’ wishes first.
“On balance, the harm to patients who relied on the law duly authorized by the Legislature far outweighed the hypothetic harm” cited by the doctor, Carey said. “This doctor had no relationship to a patient who made a request. This was a theoretical harm. The court wisely noted he has a right to refrain from participating.”

The state Attorney General’s Office, which is defending the law against the challenge, did not respond to requests for comment.

Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com