Death with dignity is not “assisting suicide.” And Compassion & Choices has filed a lawsuit in New Mexico to establish that critical principle. The trial is scheduled for December 2013.
Aja Riggs, a New Mexico woman with advanced uterine cancer, and physicians Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik are asking a New Mexico court to rule that the state’s statute against “assisting suicide” does not cover the medical practice of aid in dying. The case asserts that the choice of a dying patient for a peaceful death is not ‘suicide’ and the physician does not assist such a patient in ‘committing suicide.’ Laura Schauer Ives, managing attorney for the ACLU of New Mexico, and Compassion & Choices Director of Legal Affairs Kathryn Tucker represent the plaintiffs. Read the press release.
New Mexico News
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