Significant New Developments
End-of-Life Decisions. In 2021, New Mexico became the most recent state to legalize aid in dying with its Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Options Act. Notably, New Mexico allows nurse practitioners or physician assistants to write the prescription for the aid-in-dying medication, and the waiting time is 48 hours instead of 15 days. In 2019, Maine and New Jersey passed their Death with Dignity Act and Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act. In 2018, Hawai'i enacted its Our Care, Our Choice Act.