The New Mexico assisted suicide bill (HB 90) has been tabled. I assessed that HB 90 was the most extreme assisted suicide bill that I had ever seen, and even after it was amended, the language of the bill allowed for euthanasia and enabled the practise of the law to expand.
Yesterday, the Arkansas assisted suicide bill also died.
An article by Robert Nott published in the Sante Fe New Mexican stated:
Though the bill, known as the Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act, made it through two House committees this year, it was quietly tabled in the House of Representatives in late February.
On Tuesday, Armstrong wrote in an email that the bill was tabled “at my request.”
“At the time we are just a few votes shy to pass the bill,” she said.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition held the Stopping Assisted Suicide in Your State Training Seminar on Friday January 25 and Conference on Saturday January 26 in Albuquerque NM.
The events featuring world-wide speakers and excellent presentations by Not Dead Yet, Choice is an Illusion and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
The Stopping Assisted Suicide in Your State events were well attended by local leaders from many different groups who became focussed on how to defeat the assisted suicide bill. It is very expensive to organize these events but the results are life saving.
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We have received several messages from key leaders in New Mexico, and other states asking us to organize similar events.
Thank you to all of the New Mexico citizens and leaders who testified against HB 90 and spoke to State representatives and Senators. The bill was first amended and then tabled.
Coalition building and relationships enable us to focus on defeating the bill together and the result is that we stop assisted suicide in your state.