Rebecca C. Morgan: New Mexico Aid-in-Dying Law in Effect (June 30, 2021)

Rebecca C. Morgan, of Stetson University Law School, has made available for download her article, “New Mexico Aid-in-Dying Law in Effect”, published on the Elder Law Prof Blog. The abstract is as follows:

On June 18, 2021, the New Mexico Aid-in-Dying law went into effect, according to an article published in the Albuquerque Journal,  Aid-in-dying law takes effect in New Mexico.

Under New Mexico’s new law, a doctor can issue a prescription for life-ending medication only after determining the patient seeking it has the mental capacity to make such a decision.

In addition, patients have to be able to self-administer the medicine and only those deemed likely to die within six months will be able to obtain it. There will also be a 48-hour waiting period to get the prescription filled, with narrow exceptions.

An earlier article highlighted some of the features of the new law.

The legislation will not force physicians, pharmacists or other health care professionals to provide life-ending drugs.

As the law is written, a terminally ill patient’s doctor can prescribe the drugs only after obtaining a second medical opinion and ensuring the patient is mentally and emotionally fit to make a choice about ending their life.

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[The head] of Compassionate Choices Action Network, said New Mexico’s bill is different from others because it allows nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as physicians, to prescribe the life-ending drugs.

While most states’ aid-in-dying laws include a 15-day waiting period between the time the patient receives approval for the drugs and when they can obtain the them, New Mexico’s waiting period is 48 hours.

Click here to view Rebecca C. Morgan’s summary of “New Mexico Aid-in-Dying Law in Effect”

Posted by Marin Larkin, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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