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New Mexico

On January 25, 2017, New Mexico State Representatives Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Bill McCamley (D-Las Cruces) introduced HB 171, End of Life Options Act. In a hearing before the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 3, the End-of-Life Options was approved by a 4-3 vote. The bill will next be heard by the House Judicial Committee. 

On March 13, 2017, the New Mexico State Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 252, End of Life Options Act (a bill mirroring the House bill) with a vote of 5-4. It now moves to the Senate floor.

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

/ January 25, 2017

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

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/ November 16, 2016

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From Maryland to New Mexico, Compassion & Choices staff and volunteers are gearing up for new legislative sessions, many of which begin in January. Compassion & Choices’ (C&C’s) political and policy experts travel the country, visiting with lawmakers in any state who want to advance aid-in-dying legislation, and providing technical assistance and activating C&C supporters […]

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