In 2020, Compassion & Choices continues to defend the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act and empower New Jersey residents to chart their own end-of-life journey.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, a New Jersey superior court granted a motion by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to dismiss the lawsuit filed in August 2019 seeking to overturn the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act! The ruling ends the threat to the law for now, but we remain vigilant against any and all efforts by the plaintiffs to appeal the judge’s ruling and any other legal challenges to the law in the future.

Thank you for your dedication to the defense of end-of-life care options. We cannot continue our work without your support!

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. Implementation of the law in New Jersey and authorization of medical aid in dying in neighboring New York are among our top priorities. Click here to view a report of our recent progress in New York and New Jersey.

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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