John Jay Hooker, suffering from terminal cancer, is asking a Nashville judge to speed up a ruling on his “right to die with dignity” lawsuit challenging a state law that prohibits physicians from providing lethal drugs to the terminally ill, reports WTVF. He also got the Davidson County grand jury to issue a statement supporting his call for the Legislature to change the law.
“We filed a motion today that respectfully says ‘let’s get on with it,’ because whatever she decides is going to be appealed,” said Hooker. “If she decides in my favor it’ll go up the other side and will be appealed and we’ll appeal and what we need is the next best answer to ‘yes’ is ‘no’ so that we can take it on up to the next level.”
Meanwhile, A Davidson County Grand Jury also heard from the longtime lawyer, political activist and civil rights leader because he claims that Legislators abused their powers when they passed the law prohibiting people to take their own lives.
The Jury issued a statement on Friday showing their support for Hooker’s fight to get the state’s law amended to give patients an end of life option.
Hooker planned to send a copy of that Grand Jury statement to all members of the legislature because he said the fight is not over.
“I’ve been fighting for civil rights and fighting against the judges’ way of electionv and I’ve been sticking my nose in the public business for a long, long time,” said Hooker. “This gives me a special thrill because so many people so deeply relate to it.”
John Jay Hooker has been taking experimental medicines that make it difficult for him to walk, and make him itch, but are helping him retain the ability to get around, at least for the time being.