State law allows doctor-assisted suicide

Montana Supreme Court: State law allows doctor-assisted suicide

by Matt Gouras
Associated Press
December 31, 2009

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court says nothing in state law prevents patients from seeking physician-assisted suicide, paving the way for the procedure.

A year ago, a state District Court judge ruled that the state’s constitutional rights to privacy and dignity protect the right of terminally ill Montanans to get the drugs needed to die peacefully.

But the advocates have said a decision from the state Supreme Court was needed before physician-assisted suicide would be embraced by the medical community.

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