PLAINFIELD, NJ - The option of medical aid in dying was the featured topic at a presentation given by Compassion & Choices at a meeting of the Atheists of Plainfield last night at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. Participants had the opportunity to learn more about medical aid in dying and the New Jersey Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, as well as the importance of end-of-life planning.
Medical aid in dying allows a terminally ill, mentally capable adult the option to request a prescription for life-ending medication that can be self-administered by the patient to reduce suffering at the end of life and to bring about a more peaceful and humane death.
Currently authorized in five states, most recently by California, Compassion & Choices advocates for passage of aid-in-dying legislation in New Jersey that would authorize the option here as well.
Ethan Andersen of Compassion & Choices said, “Aid-in-dying legislation is about providing those facing a painful end of life another option to reduce their suffering.”
A Rutgers Eagleton poll shows that 63 percent of New Jersey voters support a person's right to the option of aid in dying, including a majority of voters across political parties and religious affiliations.
During the presentation, participants had the opportunity to ask questions about the prospects for aid-in-dying legislation in New Jersey, learn more about the medical procedure of aid in dying, and sign a petition calling for state legislators to pass the bill.
Compassion & Choices is the largest non-profit organization in the country committed to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. To learn more the option of aid in dying, please visit www.compassionandchoices.org.