Bishops defend NM’s assisted suicide law

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops is coming out in defense of a state law that prohibits assisted suicide, saying the statute is meant to protect life.

The bishops issued their statement Friday, one day after closing arguments wrapped up in a state district court trial over a right-to-die challenge filed by two New Mexico doctors and a cancer patient from Santa Fe.

The plaintiffs want physicians in New Mexico to be able to prescribe the needed medications to competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their own terms.

Under state law, assisting with suicide is a fourth-degree felony. But the plaintiffs don’t consider physicians aiding in dying as suicide.

The bishops argue effective pain treatment should guarantee that no one suffers a painful death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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