She was the first to publicly ask to die under N.J. law. Then she changed her mind.

She was the first to publicly ask to die under N.J. law. Then she changed her mind.

She was too sick to breathe without an oxygen machine or speak above a whisper.Yet Katie Kim invited journalists into her Fort Lee homeone day last August because she knew it would draw attention to the state’s new Medical Aid in Dying law,which was in trouble. A judge had just blocked the law from taking effect after a physician challenged it on religious grounds.Kim, a 59-year-old pharmacist, let her husband explain how Multiple System Atrophy, a neurological disorder that attacks the lungs and muscles, turned her once trim and athletic figure into a prison. They desperately wanted the publi...


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