NM AG: 'Right to die' ruling may face appeal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge's recent ruling that terminally ill patients can seek a physician's aid in dying may face an appeal.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/TngnYb ) on Wednesday that he will likely appeal the district judge's ruling. He told the newspaper he was thinking of appealing after Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan urged an appeal during a breakfast with lawmakers.

King says the thoughts of the Catholic Church "are very influential in New Mexico policy."

Earlier this month, Second Judicial Judge Nan Nash ruled terminally ill patients had a fundamental right to seek aid in dying. Nash said the New Mexico Constitution prohibits the state from depriving a person from enjoying life and liberty or seeking and obtaining safety and happiness.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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