While the radical left pleads for looser restrictions on the barbaric practice, traditional Americans continue to mourn the millions of lives lost to abortion over the past four decades. The murderous procedure, many contend, is evidence of this nation’s disregard for human life.
That argument received additional fortification this week when a New Mexico judge ruled that doctors can now legally take part in a patient’s death, provided he or she expresses a desire to die.
According to the ruling by Second Judicial Judge Nan Nash, terminally ill individuals with a sound mind can now petition their respective doctors for medication that will facilitate their demise.
She based the ruling on an interpretation of the state’s constitution, which protects the citizen’s rights but does not specifically address the issue at hand.
“This court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying,” she wrote in her decision.
While her state already has a law prohibiting physician-assisted suicide, a felony, Nash ruled a doctor accelerating a patient’s death does not qualify.
The ruling was in response to action taken by a number of plaintiffs – both physicians and ill patients – who wanted to legally protect doctors who help kill their patients. While the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and other left-leaning organizations herald the decision as a progressive advancement, many who believe in the sanctity of life are incensed.
In a statement, New Mexico ACLU spokesperson Laura Schauer asserted that residents of the state “now enjoy the comfort and peace of mind that come with knowing they can prevent a prolonged, agonized dying process at the end of life.”
New Mexico is now the fifth state to allow such facilitation. Faith leaders, including members of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed their disappointment in Nash’s ruling.
Executive Director Allen Sanchez explained that the “chance for human error” should preclude any doctor from making such a life-and-death decision. “If we are not willing to give that ability to a judge and jury by doing away with the death penalty in New Mexico,” he said, “we should not be willing to give one doctor and two witnesses that ability.”
Historically, as societies lurch to the left, a telltale peripheral effect is the cultural devaluation of life. This is seen in policies around the world today and, increasingly, within our own borders.
–B. Christopher Agee
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