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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