Medical Aid in Dying will be legal in New Jersey this week. Here is what you need to know.
On Aug. 1, New Jersey officially becomes the eighth state in the nation to allow its terminally ill residents to hasten their death with prescribed medications. Patients must find two physicians to certify that they are within six months of death, and also must be capable of taking the medications themselves. That may sound fairly straightforward, but it may not be easy to immediately take advantage of the new law, which advocates say could free patients from suffering and disability at the end of life.
Please refer to a previous Rothkoff article discussing the specific provisions of the new law as well as a Philadelphia Inquirer article reviewing the issues involved.