New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Support Medical Aid in Dying
With the support of our incredible volunteer force, we are determined to pass a law in the Garden State. If you’d like to join an action team click here to get started.
The Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (A1504/S1072) was introduced on January 9, 2018 and has since been transferred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. On February 8, Compassion & Choices was joined by advocates, supporters and family members of deceased, terminally Ill New Jerseyans, in presenting over 500 petitions in support of the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act to Governor Phil Murphy.
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.
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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Compassion & Choices New Jersey and our dedicated team of volunteers are on the ground working hard to ensure that the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act passes in 2018. The bill was introduced in January 2018, and just a month later dozens of supporters presented over 500 petitions in support of the […]Read More
(TRENTON, NJ) – La Asamblea General del Comité Judicial de New Jersey votó hoy 5 a 2 para aprobar la medida “Ayuda Médica para Morir para Enfermos Terminales”, (A.1504/S.1072), una propuesta de New Jersey de Ayuda Médica para Morir. La ayuda médica para morir da a los adultos mentalmente competentes, con una enfermedad terminal y […]Read More
The New Jersey General Assembly Judiciary Committee today voted 5 to 2 to pass the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (A.1504/S.1072), New Jersey’s proposed medical aid-in-dying legislation. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill individuals with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to request, obtain […]Read More