End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

New Mexico

Aja Riggs
Aja Riggs

A Compassion & Choices lawsuit has resulted in a landmark legal decision, which reads in part: “This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.”

The January 2104 ruling followed two days of trial testimony in Morris v. New Mexico, filed in the state’s Second Judicial District Court by the ACLU of New Mexico and Compassion & Choices on behalf of Aja Riggs, a New Mexico woman with advanced uterine cancer, and physicians Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik. The New Mexico Psychological Association filed an amicus brief supporting the suit, concluding that the “practice of good professional psychology in New Mexico requires that the law … recognize that aid in dying is not a form of suicide.” The court agreed, and for the time being aid in dying is legally protected in Bernalillo County, NM, where the case was filed. The ruling could end up having implications for the entire state. Read the press release for more.


New Mexico Advance Directive

If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, download and complete the following Advance Directive

Contact Information

Contact Compassion & Choices-New Mexico Campaign Manager:

Erin Marshall
505 980 5355




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