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Faced with a terminal diagnosis, New Jerseyans deserve the full range of medically appropriate options for care at the end of life.

New Jersey’s Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (S1072/A1504) would authorize medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and found by two doctors to be mentally capable to make this medical decision. The law would give eligible patients the option to request a prescription for medication they can take to shorten a difficult, painful dying process.

Compassion & Choices has built support for the legislation across the state, from Cape May to Sussex, with more than 20,000 supporters and a strong force of over 100 volunteers.

On March 12, 2018, the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard testimony on New Jersey’s Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. The committee voted 5-2 to approve the bill, with several committee members citing the testimony of our supporters and telling stories of their own life experiences with death and dying. The bill is primed for passage in both chambers, with a possible fall 2018 vote in both the Assembly and Senate. Compassion & Choices continues to work closely with legislative champions to assist in advancing the legislation.

The New Jersey campaign is fueled by the commitment of grassroots supporters and volunteers working with Compassion & Choices, as well as by a strategic media campaign that includes robust digital marketing and advertising in key media outlets. We launched a large-scale citizen outreach program in May 2018 to recruit new supporters in the Garden State. Compassion & Choices is focused on building constituent support for the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. If you’d like to be part of our movement to make New Jersey the next state to expand end-of-life options and authorize medical aid in dying, click here.

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Tell the Legislature: Pass the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act  

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would authorize medical aid in dying in the Garden State, and they need to hear from supporters like you.

New Jerseyans overwhelmingly support medical aid in dying

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Medical aid in dying endorsements in New Jersey

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New Jersey Advance Directive

State specific advance directives make clear your end-of-life preferences if you are unable to make or communicate medical treatment decisions yourself. For the New Jersey advance directive form, click here.

History

Since the Death with Dignity Act was introduced to the New Jersey Legislature on September 27 of 2012, Compassion & Choices has been dedicated to pushing forward legislation in support of medical aid in dying in the Garden State. To date, the Death with Dignity Act (later renamed the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act) has passed through the state’s Assembly Appropriations Committee, General Assembly, and Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Our team on the ground in New Jersey has met with nearly every newly elected official and has successfully lobbied a majority of them to support the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. Twelve assemblymembers and two senators, including the Senate president, agreed to sponsor the legislation. We’ve also coordinated the delivery of hundreds of letters and phone calls to targeted legislators in both the Assembly and the Senate.

Polling Data

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, February 2015

» By more than a 2-1 margin (63% to 29%), New Jersey residents support a state Legislature aid-in-dying bill that “would allow terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription to end their lives.”

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