There were two defeats for the euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby in the United States last week.
In New Mexico, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that there was not a constitutional right to assisted dying that would have overturned a suicide prevention law. (The plaintiff in the case was Dr Katherine Morris, who had provided an affidavit for Ms Seales in Seales vs Attorney-General last year.)
The Court’s decision stated:
- the State has legitimate interests in (1) protecting the integrity and ethics of the medical profession; (2) protecting vulnerable groups—including the poor, the elderly, and disabled persons from the risk of subtle coercion and undue influence in end-of-life situations, including pressures associated with the substantial financial burden of end-of-life health care costs; and (3) protecting against voluntary or involuntary euthanasia because if physician aid in dying is a constitutional right, it must be made available to everyone, even when a duly appointed surrogate makes the decision, and even when the patient is unable to self-administer the life-ending medication.
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In Massachusetts a bill to legalise assisted suicide failed to pass out of committee before its deadline. This follows six other failed bills in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and a failed ballot initiative in 2012.
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