New Mexico Judge Oks "Dr. Assisted Suicide"

Published 01/14 2014 10:26AM

Updated 01/14 2014 10:28AM

(KOB) A New Mexico district court judge ruled Monday that doctors will not be prosecuted for helping terminally ill patients end their lives.

New Mexico is now the fifth state in the nation to allow physician aid-in-dying, which allows doctors to prescribe pills that would speed up and ease the dying process.

The case was brought by a doctor and patient who sued the state for the right. Assisting with suicide is a fourth degree felony in the state, but an Albuquerque doctor argued that "physician aid-in-dying" is not the same thing as "assisted suicide."

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