Right to Die NJ
New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act became effective on August 1, 2019. Governor Murphy signed the law on April 12, 2019, after 7 years of on-the-ground organizing by Compassion & Choices and volunteer advocates.
Compassion & Choices, Porzio Governmental Affairs' client and main advocate for the bill, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most active nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life.
PGA's Sal Anderton led the seven-year effort on behalf of Compassion & Choices, with support from Jacy Lance and the entire PGA team. Read Story
Porzio Governmental Affairs General Counsel Sal M. Anderton appeared with advocate and terminally ill patient Susan Boyce to discuss the proposed Death with Dignity Act on the WJLP Channel 3 show Jersey Matters. Read Story
Star-Ledger's Editorial "The right to choose death" editorial talks about Porzio Governmental Affairs' client, Compassion & Choices' "Death with Dignity" bill. As Assemblyman Jon Burzichelli fights to make New Jersey the fifth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, the argument is that for those chronically ill patients suffering unbearable pain, choosing how to end one's own life should be a fundamental human right. Read Story
Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, says there is a quiet, constant demand all over the country for a right to die on one’s own terms, and that demand is likely to grow, she said, as the baby boomers age. Read Story
Dan Diaz is collaborating with Compassion & Choices, the nonprofit advocacy group that publicized his wife's "right to die" journey, and is lobbying to get legislation similar to Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law passed in New Jersey and in other states. Read Story