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New Jersey Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia, or mercy killing, refers to a consensual taking of one's life with the intent of easing their pain and suffering. It is a highly controversial subject and euthanasia is illegal in nearly all states, including New Jersey. However, New Jersey law allows for a more passive form of euthanasia in that withholding life-sustaining treatment is not considered assisted suicide.

Learn more about New Jersey euthanasia laws, or the absence of such laws, with the following table and links to related resources.

Code Section 26:2H-77; 26:2H-54
Euthanasia Condoned in Statutes? No one has the right to or is authorized to practice active euthanasia.
Effect of Withholding of Life-Sustaining Procedures Withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment pursuant to an advanced directive for health care when performed in good faith shall not constitute homicide, suicide, assisted suicide, or active euthanasia.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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