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On March 12, 2018, the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act (A1504/S1072) passed the Judiciary Committee of the New Jersey Assembly in a 5-2 vote. The bill now goes to the full Assembly.

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.

Events

Wednesday, July 18
Statewide
Statewide Campaign Update Conference Call
7 pm – 8 pm
Supporters can join this conference call to hear updates on the campaign to pass New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying Act, and learn how they can get involved in our 2018 activities to help make the Garden State the next state to authorize medical aid in dying. RSVP to [email protected] for the call-in number.

History

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.

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

/ March 13, 2018

Asamblea General del Comité Judicial de New Jersey Aprueba Medida “Ayuda Médica para Morir para Enfermos Terminales”

(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 […]

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