LEGISLATIVE ALERT:  PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE HEARD TOMORROW 2-3-17

The Physician Assisted Suicide Bill will be heard tomorrow, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 309 by the House Health and Human Services Committee, Representative Deborah Armstrong, Chair.  This bill allows medical care providers to assist the killing of patients without legal ramifications.

The bill is titled End of Life Options Act:  House Bill 171, Rep. Deborah Armstrong, Albuquerque and Rep. Bill McCamley, Mesilla Park

Following the New Mexico Supreme Court failure to find Physician-Assisted-Suicide unconstitutional, the State Legislature has now taking steps to make the act legal.  House Bill 171 removes all criminal liability for assisting patients in killing themselves.

PLEASE CONTACT the member of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee (see below) and voice your opposition to HB 171 End of Life Options.  The issue that this bill raises has been addressed by the New Mexicans for Ethical Medical Treatment.  The flyer is attached.

Thank you for your prayers and responsiveness to this critical issue.  Please continue to pray and to act by joining us at the Roundhouse, contact the Representative and praying.

New Mexico Watchman
www.nmwatchman.com

Assisted Suicide
New Mexicans for Ethical Medical Treatment

  • Assisted suicide decreases the value of human life.
  • It would violate the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath and change the role of the doctor. The AMA opposes assisted suicide for this reason.
  • It would open up many abuses, such as: assisting someone who is not really dying, assisting someone who is in depression, assisting someone who feels their existence is inconvenient to others, and lastly assisting the elderly who can be coerced.
  • It encourages doctors and families to give up on hope of recovery and avoid heroic measures.
  • Undue pressure can be put on the patients and doctors by insurance companies or the government.
  • Doctors would be given too much power and can make the wrong diagnosis.
  • Talking high doses of barbiturates is not a peaceful death
  • Those with disabilities, mental problems, the elderly or those with chronic conditions would be a great risk.
  • There is no requirement for a witness to be available at the time of death.
  • Patients may not know all of the pain management choices.
  • Heirs could gain their inheritances sooner, which might encourage assisted suicide.
    Mexicans for Ethical Medical Treatment.
    Call for more information @ 505-881-4563,
    WWW.NMEMT.ORG

2017 NM Legislature
House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee

Last Name First Name Position Party Room Capital Phone
     Area Code

(505)

Email Addr.
Armstrong Deborah Chairman D 312B 986-4840 deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Thompson Elizabeth Vice Chair D 206A None Listed liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov
Armstrong Gail Member R 203FN 986-4467 gail@gailfornewmexico.com
Chasey Gail Member D  308 986-4411 gail@gailchasey.com
Dow Rebecca Member R  203H 986-4453 rebecca.dow@nmlegis.gov
Ferrary Joanne Member D 203DN 986-4336 joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov
Townsend James Member R 203GN 986-4450 townsend@pvtn.net

 

 

 

Alert:  Three Bills Major This Saturday, February 4-10:00 a.m.

Three major bills will be heard by the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.  The bills are Born Alive Infant Protection Act, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act and the Reinstatement of the Death Penalty Act.

The bills will be heard at the New Mexico State Capitol (325 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe and Paseo de Peralta) in Room 309.  The meeting is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.  Because of the nature of the legislation, it is not unusual for the meeting rooms to be filled to capacity two hours before start time.  If you are planning to attend, please plan to be their early.

Following is the legislation to be presented:

Born Alive Infant Protection Act:  House Bill 37, Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington)

New Mexico is a center for unlimited abortions.  Sometimes those children tended for abortion are born alive.  The practice currently is thought to be to allow these child to die.  In 2013 the number of reported infants surviving an abortion was 1,270.

Rep. Montoya’s bill would require that any child born alive receives medical care and that the child is to be reported as a live birth. The bill is slated to stop infanticide following a failed abortion.

Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act:  House Bill 89 Rep. Bill McCamley, Mesilla Park and Rep. Javier Martinez, Albuquerque

House Bill 89 legalizes marijuana in the state, establishes and oversight board, restricts possession amounts and taxes sales.  If passed the bill is expected to bring in millions of dollars into the state but at a tremendous social cost.

Reinstating the Death Penalty: House Bill 72  Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque)

As stated, this bill would reinstate the death penalty in New Mexico and provide for an appeal procedures and methodology.

[ Please Note:  In addition HB 50 Background checks on Gun Transfers:  Rep. Garcia Richard is also to be heard, a exceptionally large number of people are expected to attend these hearings.]

ACTION ALERT:

It is vital that the members of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee hear from us on these issues.  Please take the time to meet with, write, telephone and email the legislators on the committee with you concerns, especially if the legislators represent your district.  Below you will find their names and contact information.

Please keep our legislators in prayer for wisdom and guidance with regards to this legislation.

God bless you and God bless the New Mexico State Legislature.

New Mexico Watchman

www.nmwatchman.org

nmwachman@comcast.net

 

2017 NM Legislature

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee

 

Last Name First Name Position Party Room Extn. Email Addr.
Alcon Eliseo Lee Chairman D 314B 4425 eliseo.alcon@nmlegis.gov
Roybal Caballero Patricia Vice Chair D 206B 4248 pat.roybalcaballero@nmlegis.gov
Armstrong Deborah Member D 312B 4840 deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Wooley Bob Member R 203I CN 4454 bobwooley66@gmail.com
Youngblood Monica Member R 205B 4242 monica@MyNMStateRep.com

 

Note:  CN refers to offices located in the Capitol North building.

To dial the legislator’s phone, use 986- plus the extension.