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On November 3, 2016, the New Jersey State Senate’s Health Committee today approved a bill (S2474/A2451) for full Senate consideration that would give terminally ill, adult residents the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying.

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. The bill now awaits a vote in the Senate and is supported by the chamber’s leadership.

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. One assemblymember in particular 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.”

Click here for full New Jersey polling data.

Resources

S. 2474 and A. 2451 full text

/ November 16, 2016

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