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Cancer Patient Joins ‘Right To Die’ Fightby Jay

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By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press
May 9, 2012

A New Mexico resident with advanced cancer is set to join two doctors in their challenge against a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits doctors from helping terminally ill patients die.

The patient is scheduled today to publicly announce joining the lawsuit, which asks courts to clarify a state law that makes assisted suicide a felony. Lawyers intend to argue that the state law does not legally prohibit doctors from ending the lives of terminally ill patients.

According to the lawsuit, the doctors, both who work at the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, seek to be allowed to prescribe medication to terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is helping with the lawsuit.