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New Mexico Governor Signs Assisted Suicide Bill–“Law Puts Vulnerable Citizens at Risk”

Apr 9, 2021 | 2021 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON — “New Mexico’s assisted suicide law puts vulnerable citizens at risk,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Depression related to a serious illness often drives requests for assisted suicide, and in other states that have legalized assisted suicide, referrals for psychological evaluation are almost nonexistent.”

The National Council on Disability confirms that the most common reason people seek assisted suicide is not related to pain. Instead, patients report that the primary reason they seek assisted suicide is because of a lack of support and services—whether it be financial help or related to depression.

Tobias continued, “In New Mexico, vulnerable patients who need support can be offered lethal drugs to end their lives instead of the help they genuinely need.”  

“This legislation endangers vulnerable populations and opens the door to abuse,” said Jennifer Popik, J.D., director of Medical Ethics for National Right to Life. “This puts a human being in danger of becoming a notation in a cost/benefit analysis.”

The legislation passed the New Mexico senate largely on party lines (24-17) with two Democratic senators voting against it. New Mexico’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, signed the legislation into law on Thursday, April 8th.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.