In just a moment, you will receive an automated phone call that will connect you to your New Mexico Senator’s office. Here are some talking points for your use during your call, please also consider sharing a personal story of why you support the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act:
- I am among the majority of New Mexico voters who support the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act (HB 47). The bill has passed through the House and one Senate committee. It is currently waiting to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee and then on to the Senate Floor.
- The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the profound tragedy of dying alone, without the care and comfort of loved ones. The pandemic has also magnified the systemic racial disparities in our healthcare systems.
- We must eradicate these disparities, so everyone has equal access to the full range of end-of-life care options.
- One small, but important step towards achieving this goal is to authorize medical aid in dying as an end-of-life care option for terminally ill, mentally capable adults in New Mexico to peacefully end intolerable suffering.
- This would empower all New Mexicans to make end-of-life care decisions based on their unique cultures, beliefs, and spiritual values.
- These laws have improved care for many terminally ill people in the 10 jurisdictions that allow medical aid in dying, by spurring doctor-patient conversations about all end-of-life care options, such as hospice and palliative care, and better utilization of them.
- In more than 20 years of experience since the first law was enacted in Oregon, and an additional 40+ years of combined evidence and cumulative data from other jurisdictions, there is not a single substantiated case of abuse or coercion nor any civil or criminal charges filed related to the practice of medical aid in dying. Not one.
- Please, pass the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act before the end of the 2021 legislative session. Our terminally ill neighbors can’t wait another year.
Please also consider sharing a personal story of why you support the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act.
Compassion & Choices is comprised of two organizations that improve care and expand options at life’s end: Compassion & Choices (501(c)(3)) educates, empowers, defends, and advocates; the Compassion & Choices Action Network (501(c)(4)) focuses exclusively on legislation, ballot campaigns, and limited electoral work.
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