Judge to consider evidence in NM right-to-die case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It could be a month before a ruling is issued in a challenge against New Mexico’s assisted suicide law.

State District Judge Nan Nash said she has a lot of information to consider after hearing closing arguments Thursday.

Two doctors and a Santa Fe cancer patient sued in March 2012. They’re seeking to make it legal for physicians in New Mexico to prescribe needed medications for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their own terms.

Under state law, it’s a fourth-degree felony to assist someone in suicide.

The plaintiffs argue that the decades-old law is vague and doesn’t specifically address the conduct of physicians. They also say competent, terminally ill patients should be able to have the choice if they want to end their lives.

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