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Friday, January 17, 2014

Judge: Doctors allowed to help you die -- WND

'Definition of terminally ill patients is going to incorporate a huge group of people'


A New Mexico judge says residents have the right to “aid in dying” through lethal prescriptions from doctors, despite a long-standing state law banning assisted suicide, but critics say the “terminally ill” standard sets a dangerous precedent that could be loosely applied to “a huge group of people.”

In a landmark decision Monday, Second District Court Judge Nan G. Nash sided with plaintiffs from the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, of New Mexico and Compassion and Choices, who argued that terminally ill patients have the right to receive deadly drug doses so long as they consent. Nash ruled that such prescriptions constitute nothing more than another type of medical treatment.

Jennifer Popik of the National Right to Life Committee’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics told WND this is nothing more than torturing the English language to get around the law.

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