Dr. Assisted Suicide Ruling in New Mexico

Dr. Assisted Suicide Ruling in New Mexico

A New Mexico judge rules in favor of allowing doctors to give fatal prescriptions.
A controversial decision is made in New Mexico that could have national implications.

It's a tough decision that a New Mexico judge has ruled in favor of.

"oh my, I don't know.  You know that's such a tough decision for anyone to make.  I don't know how I could decide."

A New Mexico judge has ruled that terminally ill, mentally competent patients have the right to ask a doctor to help them end their lives.

The decision came down on January 13 after a two day trial of a case brought by two doctors on behalf of a 49 year old uterine cancer patient in Santa Fe.

She's in remission right now, but wants the option to get a lethal injection if her condition gets worse.

People we spoke with in Clovis had a lot to say about a doctor being allowed to help a patient die.

"ya know, if I had no one and only a few months to live and I knew I was going to suffer, Icould see having someone help me threw it."
"I can't say I agree with it, but if their sufferening and agree to it, I feel like they have the right to make the decision."
"If i had family, ya know, I don't think I could do it."

Most states ban doctor assisted suicide.

It's legal in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont. 

Oregon was the first state to pass a so-called "right to die" law in 1997.

New Mexico State's attorneys office is considering appealing the judges decision.
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