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A pro-life legal battle is underway — this one at the end of lives.
A new state law in New Mexico not only permits physician-assisted suicide, it requires all doctors to share information about physician-assisted suicide. If they do not, doctors opposed to promoting ending lives early can face civil and criminal penalties and risk the loss of their medical licenses. This interferes with their professional judgment for the doctor-patient relationship. The law provides no exceptions for ethical, medical or religious reasons.
The Alliance Defending Freedom brought a First-Amendment lawsuit on behalf of a Christian physicians association and a Christian dentists group. Lathan Watts, vice president for public affairs at A.D.F., tells us how this case addresses sanctity of life, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.