MSNJ Opposes “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act”

    By: Marlene Mathew Kalayilparampil on Feb 14, 2019

    Last Thursday, the Senate had a hearing on S-1072, the "Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act;" which permits qualified terminally ill patients to self-administer medication to end life in a humane and dignified manner. MSNJ opposed the legislation, as elements of the bill require physicians to participate in the termination of human life and put physicians at odds with their professional ethical requirements. Historically, MSNJ has agreed with the American Medical Association (AMA) Code of Medical Ethics. MSNJ has a long history of supporting patient autonomy in their healthcare choices. However, physician involvement in ending life prematurely is not a concept MSNJ supports at this time. Many state medical societies across the country are reviewing their policies in the area of end of life care, including MSNJ. The bill was reported out of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and was referred to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.


    Released: February 14, 2019, 1:08 pm
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