New Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Law Allowing Doctors To Help End Patients’ Lives
The justices rule 5-0 against a law that says doctors cannot be prosecuted for helping terminally ill patients end their lives. Elsewhere, an Iowa woman with two terminal conditions becomes too sick to continue her fight to obtain a doctor's aid in dying.
N.M. Supreme Court: Doctors Can't Help Patients End Their Lives
The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors. In a 5-0 opinion issued Thursday, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state's assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony. (6/30)
The Des Moines Register:
Too Sick To Sue: Terminally Ill Iowan Gives Up Pursuing Right-To-Die Case
Jennifer Holm is giving up her plan to sue the state of Iowa for the right to obtain doctor assistance in ending her life...Holm, 45, has two terminal illnesses that she has battled for years. She hasn’t been given a specific timeline from doctors but she can tell that the diseases are advancing. She cites her dwindling energy, which has left her sleeping 14 hours or more most days, as the reason for her decision not to pursue a lawsuit against Iowa.