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April 12, 2021

New Mexico Gov. Signs Assisted Suicide Bill

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
On April 8, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a bill that legalizes assisted suicide in her state.

The new law is set to take effect on June 18.

“New Mexico’s assisted suicide law puts vulnerable citizens at risk,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Depression related to a serious illness often drives requests for assisted suicide, and in other states that have legalized assisted suicide, referrals for psychological evaluation are almost nonexistent.”

“In New Mexico, vulnerable patients who need support can be offered lethal drugs to end their lives instead of the help they genuinely need,” Tobias continued.

People who seek assisted suicide often do so because they are experiencing depression or lack the financial resources needed to pay for treatment. Because of this, doctors and family members can push patients toward assisted suicide when financial, medical, or emotional assistance could still have a positive impact on a patient.

“This legislation endangers vulnerable populations and opens the door to abuse,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Medical Ethics for National Right to Life. “This puts a human being in danger of becoming a notation in a cost/benefit analysis.”

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