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Statement from Compassion & Choices Massachusetts on New Mexico Court Ruling that Aid in Dying is a Fundamental Right

January 14, 2014 (Boston, MA) – “We are extremely pleased with the court’s decision to allow physicians and individuals options for aid in dying when terminally ill. The New Mexico court ruling is part of the national momentum moving choice at the end of life forward, one state at a time. Last summer, Vermont passed a comprehensive law legalizing aid in dying. This ruling now provides further support and legal standing to advance this issue forward in Massachusetts.”

– Marie Manis, State Director for Compassion & Choices Massachusetts

To read more about this news, click on today’s Associated Press storyNew Mexico Right To Die Case: Ruling Will Allow Doctors To Help Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives. “New Mexico Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash ruled Monday, Jan 13, 2014, that the ability of competent, terminally ill patients to choose aid in dying is a fundamental right under the state Constitution.”

Click here to read the Press Release on the ruling from Compassion & Choices.

Compassion & Choices is a national nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate. www.compassionandchoices.org.