“My own personal opinion as the attorney general is that it’s good to get the law settled in cases like this where there’s some controversy,” King told the Journal. “If we don’t, I would expect there would be a case filed in another district.”… (We’re) trying to make sure all of our government officials understand what their obligations are. There might be a real strong reason to appeal it just because of that.”
Allen Sanchez, a spokesman for the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Catholic leaders were pleased to learn King was weighing an appeal. The church has voiced strong opposition to aid-in-dying policies, with particular concern about potential human error in identifying patients who are truly terminally ill and ensuring patients are competent to make the choice.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan on Wednesday reiterated his concern at a breakfast meeting with dozens of legislators in Santa Fe.