Challenge To Right-To-Die Law Goes To Court

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (December 9, 2013) A legal challenge to a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits physicians from helping terminally ill patients die is set to go to trial beginning Wednesday in state District Court in Albuquerque.

The suit was filed in March by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

A Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer later joined two doctors in the legal challenge.

According to the lawsuit, the New Mexico doctors are seeking to be allowed to prescribe medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

New Mexico law now says that "whoever commits assisting suicide is guilty of a fourth-degree felony."

ACLU lawyers say the lawsuit asks the court to rule that doctors may give patients the option of ending their lives.

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