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Morris v. New Mexico

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Aja Riggs, a New Mexico woman with advanced uterine cancer, and physicians Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik are asking a New Mexico court to rule that no law prevents doctors in the state from providing aid in dying.

Read Aja’s story:

Santa Fe woman joins lawsuit to clarify state law making assisted suicide a felony
By Phaedra Haywood
The New Mexican
May 9, 2012

Aja tells why she joing the case:

Ms. Riggs, Dr. Morris and Dr. Mangalik are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent, terminally ill patient, which the patient could consume to bring about a peaceful death, would not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing New Mexico law, which makes a crime of assisting another to “commit suicide.”

The choice of a dying patient for a peaceful death is no kind of “suicide,“ the case asserts, and the physician does not assist such a patient in “committing suicide.” Compassion & Choices and the ACLU of New Mexico represent the plaintiffs.

Katherine Morris, MD, is a surgical oncologist, cancer researcher and assistant professor of medicine. Dr. Aroop Mangalik is a practicing oncologist as well as a clinical researcher in internal medicine and hematology-oncology, and a professor of medicine.

Read more:

Trial on assisted suicide law begins in New Mexico

Court to hear lawsuit seeking protection for doctors who aid in death

New Mexico Psychological Association Says Physician Aid in Dying is No Kind of Suicide

Two doctors challenge New Mexico’s decades old ‘right-to-die’ law
By Russell Contreras
The Republic
March 15, 2012

New Mexico Doctors, Compassion & Choices, ACLU of New York Seek Ruling That Physicians Can Provide Aid in Dying
March 15, 2012

Morris v. New Mexico Complaint

Morris v. New Mexico Amended Complaint

Morris v. New Mexico Defendants’ (the state’s) Motion to Dismiss

Morris v. New Mexico (our) Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

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