New Jersey (2019-)

Assisted suicide became legal in New Jersey from 1 August 2019.

The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act is essentially modelled on the Oregon and Washington laws.

Minimal reporting?

Section 13 of the Act requires an annual statistical report to be issued based on reports from attending physicians. The Commissioner of Health is empowered to make regulations as to the documentation required following the death of a person who has been prescribed a lethal substance under this Act.

Conclusion

As New Jersey’s experiment with assisted suicide has just begun it is unclear how much data will be reported. In any case all the flaws identified in the schemes in place in Oregon and Washington also apply for New Jersey.


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