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New Mexico

On September 12, 2018, the Santa Fe City Council for voting on a bipartisan resolution in support of medical aid-in-dying legislation in New Mexico (6-2). Santa Fe is the second jurisdiction in New Mexico to endorse medical aid in dying. Compassion & Choices was on the ground for the vote. In 2019, our legislators will have the opportunity once again to pass this vital legislation which 80% of New Mexicans support.

With the support of our incredible volunteer force, we are determined to pass a law in the Land of Enchantment. If you’d like to join an action team click here to get started.

JOIN THE FIGHT TO HELP US IMPROVE CARE & EXPAND CHOICE AT THE END OF LIFE

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History

Medical aid in dying as a fundamental right in New Mexico appeared in front of the state’s Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments in October 2015. On June 30, 2016, the state’s Supreme Court decisively ruled against a constitutional right to this end-of-life option.

Compassion & Choices was co-counsel in the original case, Morris v. New Mexico, with the ACLU of New Mexico.

Polling Data

Research & Polling Survey, April 2012

» Two out of 3 New Mexico voters (65%) favor “allowing a mentally competent adult, who is dying of a terminal disease, with no hope of recovery, the choice to request and receive medication from his/her physician which could bring about their own death, if there were appropriate safeguards in place to protect patients against abuse.”

Resources

End of Life Options (H 171) full textState Supreme Court Decision June 30, 2016
Morris v. New Mexico

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