The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act will remain in effect pending future legal proceedings.

UPDATE (Aug. 27, 2019, 2:00 PM EST): A New Jersey appellate court granted a request by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to overturn a temporary restraining order that had suspended the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act and the Supreme Court of New Jersey denied the plaintiff’s application to reverse the appellate court’s ruling. As a result of these two rulings, the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act will remain in effect pending future proceedings.

On Wednesday, August 14, a New Jersey superior court judge granted a temporary restraining order preventing physicians from writing prescriptions for medications in accordance with the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. The restraining order comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by a Bergen County physician against the New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Attorney General Grewal acted immediately, filing appeals with an appellate court and the New Jersey Supreme Court to expedite the appeals process and overturn the suspension. Compassion & Choices fought on behalf of terminally ill New Jerseyans for seven years to get this law passed. We will continue to work with the Attorney General Grewal and local advocates in defense of the legal right to use this compassionate option.

Click to see how you can help defend medical aid in dying in New Jersey.

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.

Tools and resources for patients and doctors, including our online Plan Your Care Resource Center, are available on this page.

Just days after the bill was signed into law, legislation was introduced that, if passed, would repeal the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. We’re monitoring this legislation and will provide updates on any pending activity.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to see the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act become reality.

If you would like to be part of our grassroots implementation campaign to ensure that terminally ill New Jersey residents have access to this compassionate option as soon as it is available, click here to make sure you’re signed up to volunteer.

Accessing the Law

If you’re a New Jersey resident who believes that medical aid in dying is a compassionate and important end-of-life option and would like to know which medical facilities and hospices have policies supportive of end-of-life choice, we will soon be adding these facilities to our online Find Care Tool. This tool will be able to help you find a healthcare team that will honor your end-of-life values. Watch this space for more information!

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