Date: February 03, 2019
“New Mexico could become the eighth state to allow physician-assisted death for the terminally ill, as lawmakers consider an aid-in-dying bill.
About 20 years ago, a similar law went into effect in Oregon. At the time, University of New Mexico School of Law professor Robert Schwartz was concerned with the bill’s ethics and gray areas.
“I was concerned about how they would play out,” Schwartz tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “But we have many years of experience — now 20 years in Oregon, many years in Washington, now some years in California and elsewhere, eight jurisdictions that allow aid in dying — and we can see that none of these worries have in fact come to fruition.”
Many of the worries now, he says, aren’t being based in fact. While it was wise to move slowly to implement the law in Oregon when it was first introduced, gathering data along the way, Schwartz says lawmakers should be obliged to use that data now in New Mexico.
“We can see that we really just haven’t had the problems that some thought would come with [an] aid in dying statute,” he says.”