NM End-of-Life Options Act for Individuals and Families
If you would like to learn more about accessing the law, you can find out more about end-of-life choices and New Mexico’s Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act on our national partner – Compassion & Choices – New Mexico webpage. These tools, resources and information are specific to the New Mexico law and cover a wide range of topics designed to empower and support you in determining your end of life options.
- A qualified individual must sign a witnessed request form that is explicit about understanding and requesting medical aid in dying.
- The prognosis must be confirmed by a consulting provider, if the patient is not enrolled in hospice.
- If indicated, a mental health professional consultation is required to assess and affirm mental competency before medications can be prescribed.
- The Act creates a “right to know” about all medically appropriate options available to the qualified individual.
- The Act grants immunity from criminal liability and from professional discipline for all involved as long as they provide reasonable care and in good faith in compliance with the EWEOLO Act.
- No health care provider is required to participate as long as referral information is provided to a requesting individual and records are forwarded.
- The existing New Mexico statute prohibiting assisting suicide is amended to create a clear exception for those who are acting pursuant to the EWEOLO Act.