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‘Aid-in-dying’ bill won’t move forward

SANTA FE — A sponsor of the proposed “End of Life Options Act” isn’t planning to seek House approval of the legislation this session.

Rep. Deborah Armstrong, an Albuquerque Democrat and co-sponsor of House Bill 90, said there aren’t enough votes to win passage of the legislation yet, and she has asked that the proposal be tabled.

Armstrong said she will continue, however, working to build support for the measure.

“Something this important takes time,” Armstrong said. “Providing care options for terminally ill New Mexicans is an issue that should — and I know ultimately will — bring people together. New Mexicans value family and respect individual choices.”

The legislation would allow terminally ill New Mexicans to seek a doctor’s help to end their lives. Patients would have to self-administer the medicine that ends their life.

Vince Torres, president and executive director of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, said Wednesday that lawmakers were right to stop the bill.

“We want to thank House Democrats and Republicans for coming together to oppose this dangerous legislation,” he said. “… Every life is worth fighting for.”

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