Physician-Assisted Suicide Bills Defeated in New Mexico and Arkansas Legislatures

The New Mexico and Arkansas legislatures both defeated bills that would have legalized assisted suicide.

Writing in LifeNews Thursday, Alex Schadenberg, who heads the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, reported that bill HB 90 in New Mexico has been tabled. The legislation, which was later amended, was, in his view, the most radical bill of its kind in that the language provided for euthanasia and allowed the practice to expand.

The New Mexico bill, which was known as the Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act, passed through two House committees earlier this year, but was quietly tabled in the lower chamber of the legislature in late February, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported this week.

“At the time we are just a few votes shy to pass the bill,” said Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored the legislation along with Sen. Elizabeth Stefanics, D-Cerrillos.

“What we do have, though, is the drive and the commitment to keep building momentum, to keep reaching out to legislators on both sides of the aisle and to keep educating people about medical aid-in-dying … something like this takes time,” Armstrong said.

The bill would have allowed medical doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to those who wish to end their suffering and take their lives.

The New Mexico legislation was awkwardly worded, Schadenberg said in January, having previously understood it to mean that the bill would enable “suicide tourism,” allowing people from other states to come to New Mexico for assisted suicide.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter