House quashes ‘right-to-die’ bill in New Mexico


One of this legislative session’s most controversial bills has been tabled for the 2019 legislative session.

House Bill 90 would have created measures permitting medical aid in dying for terminally ill but mentally competent patients who request such help.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics, D-Cerrillos, would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to people who want to end their suffering and take their own lives.

Though the bill, known as the Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act, made it through two House committees this year, it was quietly tabled in the House of Representatives in late February.

On Tuesday, Armstrong wrote in an email that the bill was tabled “at my request.”

“At the time we are just a few votes shy to pass the bill,” she said.

Read more at the Santa Fe New Mexican…

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