Status of Medical aid in dying

Medical aid in dying is authorized in New Jersey. The Legislature is considering a bill to improve the existing law. 

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 seven 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.

On January 9, 2024, Assembly member Herb Conaway introduced Bill A1880, which waives or reduces the waiting period between requests if the person is not expected to survive that time frame. The bill was referred to the Assembly Health Committee. A summary of the bill can be found here

Authorizing the law is only the first step. Now we must ensure that patients can use it. Through our access campaign, Compassion & Choices continues to educate healthcare providers and residents of New Jersey about medical aid in dying and all end-of-life options. In addition, our lobbying team and volunteers have been working to build support for NJ A4921, including adding new bill sponsors and trying to secure coverage for medical aid in dying via state Medicaid funds.


New Jersey Death with Dignity is a 501c3 organization that provides services, education, and end-of-life advocacy

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By more than a 2-to-one margin (63% to 29%) of New Jersey residents feel that allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives should be an end-of-life option in the state. See more polling data.

Tools and Resources

simple blue medical cross graphic.For Patients Access the New Jersey Advance Directive  



tools for end of life planning and decision making.End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.  



advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.Los recursos en Español Los recursos en Español.  



answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.  



tools for end of life planning and decision making.Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.