New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act authorizes medical aid in dying in the Garden State, marking the culmination of 7 years of on-the-ground organizing by Compassion & Choices and action by volunteer advocates. Governor Phil Murphy signed the law on April 12, 2019. The law became effective on August 1, 2019.

Authorizing the law is only the first step. Now we must ensure that patients can access it. Through our access campaign, Compassion & Choices continues to educate health care providers and residents of New Jersey about medical aid in dying and the full breadth of end of life options.

If you’re a terminally ill New Jersey resident who would like to access the law, use our Find Care tool to locate a health care team that will honor your end-of-life values.

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Polling

By more than a 2-to-one margin (63% to 29%) of New Jersey residents feel that allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives should be an end-of-life option in the state. See more polling data.

Tools and Resources

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For Patients
Access the New Jersey Advance Directive

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

End-of-Life Planning
Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.

 

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Los recursos en Español
Los recursos en Español.

 

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COVID-19 Toolkit
Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

Resources for Providers
Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.