The NJ Death with Dignity Act would allow terminally ill (six month prognosis), mentally competent adults the choice to avoid a prolonged and painful death by ending their lives with self-administered medications.
- 65% of NJ voters want the legal option for a peaceful death if they are terminally ill.
- The NJ Death with Dignity Act (A3328) passed out of Assembly committee in February by a 7-2-2 vote and is expected to come up for a full vote during the lame duck session.
- NJ will become the fifth state in the Union to legalize aid in dying (after OR, WA, MT, and VT).
- Safeguards include: two physicians confirm prognosis; patient certifies free will in writing; two witnesses attest to patient’s mental competence.
- No evidence of abuse of such laws exists and very few use it – 83 individuals self-administered medication under Washington’s law in 2012, for instance.