New Jersey Advance Directive
State specific advance directives make clear your end-of-life preferences if you are unable to make or communicate medical treatment decisions yourself. For the New Jersey advance directive form, click here.
Since legislation to authorize medical aid in dying was first introduced in the New Jersey Legislature in 2012, Compassion & Choices has been dedicated to ensuring that this compassionate end-of-life option is available to the terminally ill residents of the Garden State.
Our New Jersey legislative campaign was fueled by the commitment of tens of thousands of grassroots supporters and hundreds of volunteers, as well as a strategic media campaign that included robust digital marketing and advertising in key media outlets.
On March 12, 2018, the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the bill. The committee voted 5-2 to approve the bill, with several committee members citing the testimony of our supporters and telling stories of their own life experiences with death and dying. On February 7, 2019, the bill was passed out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee with a 6-3 vote.
On March 25, 2019, the bill passed in both the Assembly and Senate with votes of 41-33-4 and 21-16, respectively.
Less than an hour after passage in both houses, Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement that he would sign the bill. True to his word, he signed the law authorizing medical aid in dying on April 12, 2019.
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 polling data.