NM fighting uphill battle against euthanasia

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

euthanasia 1A post-election strategy is underway to ensure New Mexico does not become the next state to legalize euthanasia.

Last session, the New Mexico House passed a doctor-assisted suicide bill that went on to fail in the Senate by a mere two votes. Vince Torres of the Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico tells OneNewsNow the situation in the legislature has changed slightly.

"Unfortunately, this time around, as the election came around we weren't as successful as we would have liked to be as far as electing those that value the sanctity of human life," Torres laments. "So we certainly have an uphill climb headed into the legislative session."

The situation in the Senate, however, remains the same, so the idea is to obtain at least those two opposing votes and hopefully add more.

"Our strategy right now is to partner with other allied organizations on the life issue to really inform the electorate, inform the citizens of New Mexico on just how dangerous assisted suicide can be," Torres explains, noting "some of the unintended consequences that we've seen in states like Oregon and Canada."

Those unintended consequences include the possible euthanasia of mental patients and children.

The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Act has already been filed in the New Mexico House for consideration in the upcoming session.

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