According to a report from the Santa Fe New Mexican, around 30 people, “possibly more,” have killed themselves using Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s extreme anti-life assisted suicide law, H.B. 47, which she signed in April. When signing the bill, she said, “It is done.”
The law, which was opposed by multiple disability rights groups, the Navajo Nation, and many patients living with terminal conditions, sought to further normalize a culture of death in New Mexico by letting medical professionals prescribe lethal drugs to patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness that could take their lives anytime up to six months.
The bill would legalize doctors to prescribe a “cocktail” of lethal drugs to patients suffering from terminal illnesses, which will save insurance companies money.
During the bill’s hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the “expert witnesses,” law professor Robert Schwartz and physician Steven Kanig could not even list the drugs that would be prescribed to end an individual’s life and admitted that there is no set “cocktail” that is used. Schwartz claimed the concoction of harmful drugs “has been refined over the years” and that “these drugs do change.” The process to kill oneself through this bill is heavily unregulated.
“To date, more than 20 [deaths under the law] have been reported to Department of Health,” Rep. Debbie Armstrong, (D-Bernalillo), the sponsor of the bill, told her colleagues Tuesday. Armstrong is a longtime ally of the Governor and an alleged witness to Lujan Grisham’s alleged groping of a staffer in 2018.
“We happen to know of close to 30,” she added during a hearing before the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. “We don’t necessarily know them all. They don’t have to report to us. It’s through our relationships with entities that we have heard about many.”
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, “Armstrong said there have been ‘ingestions’ in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Farmington, Gallup and Truth or Consequences.”
“We’re working with patients or have serious inquiries from Roswell, from Catron County, from Taos, calls from all over the state about the law and what the access is,” Armstrong added.
Sen. Bill O’Neill, (D-Bernalillo), said he felt “very humbled” to have co-sponsored the anti-life bill.
“For some of us legislators, this has been a real high point,” he said. “I mean, for me personally, this reminds me why it’s important to be a state legislator. You know, we really can make a difference in people’s lives.”