End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

Statement on New Mexico Court Ruling Affirming Right to Aid in Dying from Mark Dann of Compassion & Choices New Jerseyby Annie

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Statement from Mark Dann, Compassion & Choices New Jersey Campaign Director:

“We applaud yesterday’s ruling by the New Mexico court that terminally ill adults have a state constitutional right to aid in dying. The decision could grant hundreds of patients and families the liberty, choice and comfort to make the most personal of end-of-life decisions.

We are particularly encouraged by Judge Nan Nash’s opinion, which states, ‘This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.’

This ruling adds national momentum behind expanding end-of-life choice around the country.  Last summer, Vermont passed death-with-dignity legislation, becoming the fourth state in the nation to permit aid in dying.  The New Mexico court decision provides further support and legal standing to advance death-with-dignity legislation in New Jersey.”

About Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices is the oldest and largest national non-profit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. To learn more about Compassion & Choices visitwww.compassionandchoices.org.

Learn more about the January 13, 2014 New Mexico court ruling in the press release.