House passes aid-in-dying legislation

Albuquerque Journal

Dan McKay

SANTA FE — For a few hours Friday night, New Mexico legislators shared stories about watching their loved ones die.Her daughter, Erin, now faces an inoperable brain tumor.

In a debate on the House floor, Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque walked her colleagues through the final days of life of her father in law and, later, a close friend. . .

The tearful debate culminated in 39-27 vote to endorse a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to seek a doctor’s help to end their life — the first time a medical aid-in-dying bill has passed a chamber of the state Legislature. The legislation, House Bill 47, now heads to the Senate. . . [Full text]

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