Most States Reject Assisted Suicide

In a 5-0 decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court 
rejected a "right" to "physician aid in dying,"
 meaning physician-assisted suicide.
In 2019, the New Mexico Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling recognizing a right to physician aid in dying, meaning physician assisted suicide.[1] Physician-assisted suicide is no longer legal in New Mexico.

In the last six years, four states have strengthened their laws against assisted suicide. These states are Arizona, Louisiana, Georgia and Idaho.[2]

In Montana, a court case gives doctors who assist a suicide a potential defense to a homicide charge.[3] In Montana, bills seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide have repeatedly failed.[4]

Physician-assisted suicide is legal in just four states: Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California.

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[1]  See Morris v. Brandenburg, 376 P.3d 836 (2016) at: ("we reverse the district court's contrary conclusion").
[2]   See: Associated Press, “Brewer signs bill targeting assisted suicide,” Arizona Capitol Times, April 30, 2014, attached at (“The proposal was prompted by a difficult prosecution stemming from a 2007 assisted suicide”); Associated Press, “La. assisted-suicide ban strengthened,” The Daily Comet, April 24, 2012, attached at ; Georgia HB 1114, attached at; and Margaret Dore, “Idaho Strengthens Law Against Assisted Suicide,” Choice is an Illusion, July 4, 2011, attached at (”Governor Butch Otto signed Senate Bill 1070 into law.  The bill explicitly provides that causing or aiding a suicide is a felony”).
[3]  Baxter v. State, 354 Mont. 234, 251, ¶50 (2009).
[4]  The most recent bill to fail was SB 202 in 2015. See e.g., “SB 202 is Dead,” Montanans Against Assisted Suicide, May 7, 2015,