ALBUQUERQUE — Two doctors and a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer want physicians in New Mexico to be able to prescribe — without the fear of prosecution — the needed medications for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their own terms.

Standing in their way is a decades-old state law that makes it a fourth-degree felony to assist someone in suicide.

Doctors Katherine Morris and Aroop Mangalik and patient Aja Riggs took their case to state District Court on Wednesday. Their lawyers are asking the court to clarify that physicians are not breaking the law if they write such prescriptions for competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives to “avoid unbearable suffering.”

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