PLAINFIELD, NJ - The New Jersey Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was the featured discussion topic at yesterday's meeting of the Plainfield Quakers Club. A representative from Compassion & Choices, a national non-profit organization committed to improving care and expanding choice at end of life, provided club members with an overview of the legislation.
The Aid in dying bill (A2270) would allow mentally competent, terminally ill adults the right to request a prescription for life-ending medication that the patient would self-administer in order to reduce suffering at the end of life. The NJ State Assembly is expected to vote on the measure this fall.
"Aid in dying is all about patient choice," said Ethan Anderson of Compassion & Choices. "When a patient is in pain, facing the end of life, aid in dying can give patients a final measure of comfort, control and dignity, whether they use the medication or not."
Recent polls show that 62 percent of New Jersey voters support a person's right to choose aid in dying.
At the meeting, Quakers Club members had the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about aid in dying, and sign a petition calling for state legislators to pass the bill.
To learn more about the legislation and aid in dying, please visit www.compassionandchoices.org.
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