Bill Would Legalize Assisted Suicide in All 50 States By Allowing “Suicide Tourism”

National   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Dec 26, 2018   |   4:06PM   |   Washington, DC

New Mexico House Bill 90 was introduced by Deborah Armstrong (Dem) to legalize assisted suicide. The bill is referred to as The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act.

On December 21 I published the article New Mexico Assisted Suicide Bill is the most dangerous bill ever (Link) where I explained how Bill HB 90 expands the scope of assisted suicide in the USA.

The most concerning part of HB 90 does not have a residency requirement and it allows assisted suicide to be approved via telemedicine. Therefore, if legalized, Bill HB 90 will allow suicide tourism and legalize assisted suicide in all 50 US States.

Assisted suicide is always dangerous and should never be legal because it enables one person to be involved with causing the death of another person with lethal drugs.

Let’s not be innocent, legalizing assisted suicide leads to the further degradation of people with disabilities and other  people who are medically vulnerable while creating new paths for elder abuse and the perfect legal defense for deaths not considered by the assisted suicide debate.

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There are many other concerns with Bill HB 90 such as the bill:

  • does not require the person to “self administer” thus it allows euthanasia (homicide),
  • allows nurses and physician assistants to participate in assisted suicide,
  • does not require a second assessor,
  • allows people with mental health disorders to die by assisted suicide,
  • requires health care providers to falsify the death certificate.
  • provides legal protection for anyone who participate in the act,
  • negates conscience rights for health care providers by forcing them to refer for assisted suicide,
  • uses the undefined term “foreseeable future” for terminal illness,
  • while all of this is only held together by “good faith” compliance.

HB 90 is so wide that you can drive a hearse through it.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the recently elected Democrat Governor of New Mexico stated during the election that she supports the legalization of assisted suicide.

New Mexico has been debating assisted suicide for many years. During the previous legislative session the New Mexico Senate defeated the assisted suicide bill by a vote of 22 to 20.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has organized the Stopping Assisted Suicide in Your State Conference in Albuquerque New Mexico with a campaign training session on Friday, January 25 and the Conference on Saturday January 26. (Information link). Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.