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Tell your assemblymember: Support the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act

On October 6, the New Jersey State Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act in an 8-2 vote. The bill, which would authorize medical aid in dying in New Jersey, will now go to the full Assembly for a vote.

Use our quick and easy online tool to send a letter to your assemblymember and ask them to support this legislation.

Direct contact with legislators played a huge role in last year’s passage of California’s End of Life Option Act. Make your voice heard and New Jersey could be next.

If you’re comfortable sharing a personal story about how you came to support medical aid in dying, please include details in your letter. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of your personal testimony.

 

 

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Please co-sponsor death-with-dignity legislation
Dear [Decision Maker],

I want you to know that I am among the 63 percent of New Jersey residents who support the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. As your constituent, I strongly urge you to support legislation authorizing aid in dying in our state.

I believe that terminally ill, mentally competent adults in New Jersey should have the right to request and receive from their physician a prescription for life-ending medication if their suffering has become unbearable.
The legislation introduced in the previous session has been endorsed by newspapers across the state, including the Newark Star Ledger, Times of Trenton, Asbury Park Press, Daily Record, the Courier Post, and the Press of Atlantic City. And we have support from many of our state's diverse communities, including doctors, religious leaders, social workers, and terminally ill patients.

There are now five states where the right to choose your own, peaceful death is affirmed either by legislation, popular ballot or a judicial ruling. This legislation is modeled after legislation in Oregon and other states where aid in dying has a proven track record of success, and no history of abuse or coercion, despite opponents claims to the contrary.

Momentum for death-with-dignity is growing across the country. More than half of the remaining states and the District of Columbia are considering legislation during the current session. Please help us make New Jersey the next state to authorize medical aid in dying.