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