Monday, December 13, 2010

Montana and Assisted Suicide.

The Missoulian gives a run-down of the bills before the legislature in 2011 including one sponsored by Rep. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula that will reinforce the Supreme Court decision last year that ruled the state constitution did not prevent assisted suicide.

"My sense is that terminally ill Montanans really do want to have this choice available to them, not that large numbers of people take advantage of it," Barrett said when requesting the bill draft earlier this year.

"We'll be advocating for Montanans to continue to have access in aid in dying and to make those decisions with their doctor without government interference," Zupanic said.


Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Foundation, said his group stands against physician-assisted suicide.

"I think one of the big ones we're really going to be fighting is the legalization of assisted suicide in Montana," he said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Greg Hinkle, R-Thompson Falls, is requesting a bill to ban physician-assisted suicide in Montana. He has referred to it as "elder abuse."

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December 14, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
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A Montana judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal in the state. It gives constitutional rights of individual privacy and gives a mentally competent person who is terminally ill the right to die with dignity.

January 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

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