01 Sep New Mexico court schedules arguments on assisted suicide
The Associated Press – SANTA FE, N.M. as appearing in the SUN HERALD, Gulfport, MS
New Mexico’s highest court is poised to consider the legality of assisted suicide.
The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Oct. 26 in a so-called “aid-in-dying” case recently decided by the state Court of Appeals.
The Court of Appeals on Aug. 11 struck down a Bernalillo County District Court judge’s ruling that essentially allowed assisted suicide in the state.
In a split decision, the Court of Appeals concluded “that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution.”
The District Court judge had previously ruled that a 1963 state law making assisted suicide a fourth-degree felony in the state was invalid as applied to physicians who administer a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill patient.