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Information about MEDICAL AID IN DYING – NEW JERSEY

 

New Jersey’s Medical Aid In Dying law allows a patient to ask a physician to prescribe medications that will end the patient’s life.  The process is entirely voluntary for all parties.

To participate in the process, a patient must be terminally ill, with a life expectancy of six months or less, as determined by two physicians.  The patient must make two oral requests and one witnessed written request before the physician may write the prescription.  If the patient fills the prescription, only the patient may ingest the medications – no one may assist that process, regardless of the patient’s physical abilities or lack thereof. 

The law specifically prohibits euthanasia, assisted suicide and mercy killing.

Here are documents related to Medical Aid In Dying:

Text of the law

Request for Medication

Witness Form

The State of New Jersey has a website explaining the program.

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