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Despite the monumental efforts of Compassion & Choices’ citizen advocates from across the state, the New Mexico End-of-Life Options Act did not pass this legislative session, after being put to a full Senate vote. That doesn’t deter our team, however. We have a long history in the state, and won’t back down.

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.


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.”


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

/ January 25, 2017

Representative Deborah Armstrong Files HB 171 to Authorize Medical Aid in Dying in New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM– Compassion & Choices and ACLU of New Mexico commend  Representative Deborah Armstrong and co-sponsor, Representative Bill McCamley, for filing the the End-of-Life Options Act, HB 171. The measure would allow mentally capable, terminally ill adults in New Mexico the ability to request a prescription from their doctor that they may self-administer to […]

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