By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The New Mexico Court of Appeals is hearing the assisted suicide case of Morris v New Mexico.
Similar to the Connecticut case, this case, that was heard in Dec. 2013, claimed that "aid in dying", which is also known as assisted suicide, is not prohibited by the New Mexico assisted suicide law because "aid in dying" is not suicide.
The case continued by claiming, that if "aid in dying" is assisted suicide, then the New Mexico assisted suicide law is unconstitutional because it undermines the right to privacy and autonomy.
Judge Nan Nash decided last year:
that the right exists under the New Mexico Constitution, which prohibits the state from depriving a person of life, liberty or property without due process.
Nash then applied this principle to assisted suicide and legislated from the Bench that doctors in New Mexico had the right to prescribe lethal drugs.