Albuquerque Journal: Dolores Huerta – New Mexico needs end-of-life care options now
An excerpt from the Albuquerque Journal guest column, “New Mexico needs end-of-life care options now,” by Dolores Huerta, published February 27, 2021:
“Lawmakers in my home state are currently considering the Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act, House Bill 47, and I want to share my voice. I’ve been working on behalf of terminally ill Hispanics who are impacted by significant health care disparities and have fought for many years to improve access to end-of-life care including the option to die peacefully, without unnecessary pain.
I advocate for this issue because I watched my own mother suffer in agony as she died from breast cancer. I know if I had a terminal illness, it would be important to me to at least have the option…
Although I am not able to visit with lawmakers and rally with dying New Mexicans right now because of the pandemic, I urge you to stand with the majority of New Mexicans to pass HB 47. Join me to eradicate these health care disparities so all Americans have equal access to the full range of end-of-life care options. Let’s work together and hear the voices of terminally ill New Mexicans.
Si Se Puede. Yes We Can!”