Terminally ill patients now allowed to medically end their lives in NJ

Kimberly Dole
August 01, 2019 - 9:45 am
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TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Terminally ill patients in New Jersey will now have the option to ask for medical help to end their lives.

The "Right to Die" law goes into effect on Thursday. 

The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was signed in April by Gov. Phil Murphy to allow adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending medication.

"Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do," Murphy said in a statement.

New Jersey joind seven other states that allow physician-assisted suicide including California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Hawaii.

The prescription is a series of self-administered pills that can be taken at home but the law requires either a psychiatrist or psychologist determine that the patient has the mental capacity to make the decision.

New Jersey legislators have tried to pass versions of this bill since 2014.

At least 19 other states are considering physician-assisted suicide bills.

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