On Wednesday, August 14, a New Jersey 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. Compassion & Choices fought on behalf of terminally ill New Jerseyans for seven years to get this law passed, we’ll be vigorous 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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