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Let's talk about medical aid in dying

Juan Ramon Martos

Let’s Talk New Mexico 3/9 8am: Medical aid in dying has been legal in New Mexico since 2021. Since then, experts estimate more than 200 terminally ill New Mexicans have ended their lives. First, they waited the mandatory 48 hours before filling a prescription, then they drank a prescribed medication, and soon after drifted off to sleep before their bodies shut down.

The law hasn’t been without controversy and certainly wasn’t adopted without debate that is still ongoing in the Roundhouse and the court house. Some doctors’ groups and politicians are arguing for offering ethical exemptions for practitioners with moral objections.

On this week’s episode we’ll discuss medical aid in dying with lawmakers, advocates for end of life options and those who want doctors to have freedom to abstain from helping patients terminate their lives and we’d like to hear from you. Would you support friends or family who want to end their suffering from a terminal illness? Do you think doctors should have to explain end-of-life options to patients? Have you thought about what you would want if faced with a terminal illness? Email letstalk@kunm.org or call in live during the show.


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One sister died in pain. The other passed away peacefully. A look at the rising use of New Mexico’s medical aid-in-dying law. Albuquerque Journal

Editorial: NM’s hard-fought aid-in-dying law should remain as is, Albuquerque Journal

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Daniel Montaño is a reporter with KUNM's Public Health, Poverty and Equity project. He is also an occasional host of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Let's Talk New Mexico since 2021, is a born and bred Burqueño who first started with KUNM about two decades ago, as a production assistant while he was in high school. During the intervening years, he studied journalism at UNM, lived abroad, fell in and out of love, conquered here and there, failed here and there, and developed a taste for advocating for human rights.