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Las Cruces backs assisted suicide legislation

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces has become the latest New Mexico city to endorse the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors.

The Las Cruces City Council voted Monday in favor of a bipartisan resolution to support legislation that will be introduced during the upcoming session. Albuquerque has voiced its support along with a majority of Santa Fe councilors.

In 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to overturn the state’s existing assisted suicide law, meaning that aiding such deaths remained a fourth-degree felony. A legislative effort to overturn the law in 2017 was unsuccessful.

Rep.-elect Micaela Lara Cadena of Mesilla will be co-sponsoring the 2019 bill.

The District of Columbia and several other states — California, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington, and Hawaii — allow assisted suicide.