Aid in Dying Laws in the United States
The Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act authorizes Medical Aid in Dying in New Mexico
With almost 25 years of evidence from Oregon alone and another 20 years of combined evidence in the other authorized jurisdictions, this option is now a trusted and time-tested medical practice. The fundamental core safeguards embedded in medical aid-in-dying laws ensure that all terminally ill individuals pursuing the option are protected from coercion and abuse. In all the combined years of experience, not a single case of abuse or coercion nor any criminal or disciplinary charges have been filed. Not one.
Years of advocacy
There are now eleven (11) jurisdictions that have authorized the use of medical aid in dying, including:
- Washington D.C.
- New Jersey
- Maine, and now,
- New Mexico
Since the first Oregon law was passed by ballot initiative in 1994 and actually went into effect in the fall of 1997, we’ve learned a lot. Both from Oregon and the experiences of the other authorized states, which now constitute more than 40 years of combined experience.