Legislation was introduced in 2012 to allow physician-assisted suicide. The bill was originally called the "New Jersey Death with Dignity Act," but the name has now been changed to the "Aid in Dying for the terminally Ill Act." The bill has been heard twice now in the Assembly Health Committee, both in 2013 and 2014. The Senate has not taken action. In June 2014, the sponsor of A2270, a bill that would allow assisted suicide in New Jersey, scrambled to make amendments and get the bill passed by the full house. As previously reported, the bill passed the Assembly Health Committee on June 5th. In an attempt to address some concerns about the bill (though not MSNJ’s), the bill was amended on June 16th and again on June 23rd. Assemblyman John Burzichelli, attempted to get the amended bill passed by the Assembly, but found that he did not have enough votes. The Assemblyman will continue to work on the bill. MSNJ opposes the bill. Disability groups and religious groups also oppose the bill.
The Assembly passed, by one vote, a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in New Jersey. Under the bill, suicide, assisted suicide and euthanasia are still illegal. Please find our opposition letter here and a video of the opposition press conference here. MSNJ will continue to oppose this legislation. Please find press coverage here. Join this petition! Gov. Chris Christie: Stop Assisted Suicide!
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month! There are 76 licensed hospice providers serving all 21 counties in New Jersey. MSNJ supports increased funding and availability of these options. Read the NJ DOH press release.