Physician-Assisted Suicide: Is It Legal In Montana?
Sometime this subject is hard to talk about or even think of for that matter.
Although it is not a route most people take in old age or affected by life ending disease. In some places, and in some minds it's an option.
According to Wikipedia, Assisted Suicide or Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) is suicide that is assisted by a physician or another healthcare provider. Once it is determined that the person's situation qualifies under the physician-assisted suicide laws for that location, the physician's assistance is usually limited to writing a prescription for a lethal dose of drugs.
I'm sure a person in Montana has thought about it and may have inquired about it with physicians and family members. It's a choice some people make when the quality of life is deteriorated.
Is Physician-Assisted Suicide legal in the state of Montana?
According to the website deathwithdignity.org, Montana is one of several states that allow Physician-Assisted Suicide.
We share this ruling with:
California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
Montana received a ruling this in 2009 with the Baxter vs. Montana lawsuit according to deathwithdignity.org and since then has been tested multiple times in the state trying to remove protections for physicians.
Attempts were made in 2011, 2017, 2019, and as late as 2023 to squash the ruling.
As of now, the ability for the option of Physician-Assisted Suicide is permissible by law and is the right of an individual in the state of Montana under medical consideration.
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