NM 'right-to-die' law trial set to begin

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A legal challenge against a decades-old New Mexico law that prohibits physicians from helping terminally ill patients die is scheduled to begin.

The trial is set for Wednesday in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque and comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed a lawsuit in March.

A Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer later joined two doctors in their legal challenge.

According to the lawsuit, the New Mexico doctors seek to be allowed to prescribe medication to terminally-ill patients who want to end their lives.

Currently, New Mexico law states that "whoever commits assisting suicide is guilty of a fourth degree felony." However, attorneys with the ACLU of New Mexico say the lawsuit asks the court to clarify state law to allow doctors to give patients the option of ending their lives.

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