AG may appeal judge's ruling on aid in dying

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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:00 pm

A New Mexico judge’s recent ruling that the state constitution protects the right of a terminally ill patient to seek a physician’s aid in dying is likely to be appealed.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told The New Mexican that he was inclined to appeal the District Court ruling mere minutes after Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan urged an appeal during a breakfast with lawmakers Wednesday morning.

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  • Roberto Dorsetti posted at 3:57 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    sfb Posts: 2

    The Archbishop obviously has not been around dying people and their families in any meaningful way.... As a hospice worker I can attest that his observations regarding families being concerned about inheritances is so remote in regard to the reality dying loved ones and their families... Here is his comment:

    Families looking to protect their inheritances from expensive, prolonged end-of-life health care could feel pressure to end relatives’ lives prematurely, Sheehan predicted.

    His comments, typical of his church doctrine, is based on fear, not love, and certainly not reality.

    I am concerned that people with this kind of mindset is actually influencing our laws.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:26 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 3376

    "King and numerous lawmakers attended the 23rd annual New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops legislative breakfast before the Legislature convened Wednesday."

    Well, there's your problem. Why is the Catholic Church allowed to tell our lawmakers how to do their jobs?

  • henry Griswold posted at 12:19 pm on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    henry griswold Posts: 270

    so i guess death by war is considered 'natural'?

  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Religion is self-imposed insanity, it allows people by the billions to believe things only lunatics could believe on their own. You must choose between faith and reason. You cannot have both. Pick one lose the other. It's your choice.......

  • Dawn Foy posted at 9:32 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    Dmfoy Posts: 1

    No separation of church and State? Allow adult people to make their own decisions based on their own beliefs. Why does the state gov't have the right to interfere due to a single religious groups beliefs?

  • mark ropel posted at 8:06 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    Mark Ropel Posts: 10

    No one should suffer just because of another person's supernatural beliefs, that's just crazy.

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 7:58 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 921

    Leave it the he!! alone, AG. If you want to die a slow, painful, miserable death with absolutely no dignity left, then go right ahead. We won't feel sorry for you. We're not all foolish Catholics and this is being forced on absolutely NO ONE. It's just another choice we're being given as this state struggles to get out of previous century.

  • Roberto Dorsetti posted at 7:28 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    sfb Posts: 2

    Whatever happen to "separation of church and state?" The basis for most bishop's thinking is grounded in the fourth century, and has been perpetuated to the present. The virtual elimination of women from leadership roles in the Catholic Church substantiates that statement (and I'm a man). This elimination has submerge feminine values(which we all should possess) of caring,nurturing, etc. in personal, relational, political and spiritual decisions and actions. The suppression of sexuality among the clergy has erupted into shameful scandals associated with harming our children, which resulted in the last Pope defrocking over 400 priests. The bishops of the Catholic Church should be focusing on their own introspection first rather than meddling in political decision-making, or even what they call "morals." (Is it correct that the official position of the Catholic Church regarding birth control is that if a person practices birth control, they are liable to going to hell and burn for all eternity?...which I understand most Catholics just ignore him) For openers, perhaps the bishops ought to go back to the fourth century and start over, or at least practice a little humility by questioning the outdated basis for their thinking, or perhaps start practicing what Jesus taught: "a NEW law I give you... Love God and love your neighbor as yourself."

  • Pam Walker posted at 6:39 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014.

    lilbit Posts: 129

    I guess Sheehan hasn't sat next to his dying Mother that was wracked with pain from terminal cancer and pleading with someone to end her misery. And I guess you could say she wasn't in her right mind because she hurt so bad with no hope for anything that could ease it and just wanted out. And then you wonder why so many people end up blowing themselves away because they see no other way out. this causes even more trauma for the loved ones. I am so sick of government having their foot in our lives whether living or dying.


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