Montana Defended in Hawaii Civil Beat
Letters: Aid In Dying In Big Sky Country
A Montana resident opposed to assisted suicide says his state does not provide protection for involved parties.
About 5 hours ago
Aid In Dying
Montana is not immune (May 7, 2018)
Only six states and the District of Columbia have laws to provide immunity to all involved including predatory corporations and others. (“Pod Squad: What’s Next For Medical Aid In Dying?”)
Correction please: Thankfully like 44 other states, no one in Montana has immunity from prosecution for assisting a suicide, no doctor, nurse, caregiver, guardian or corporation.
The promoters of assisted suicide have done you a disservice. The euthanasia mon0p0ly has worn out their thesaurus attempting to imply that it is legal in Montana. Assisted suicide is a homicide in Montana. Our Montana Supreme Court did rule that if a doctor is charged with a homicide they might have a potential defense based on consent. The court acknowledged it is a homicide in the ruling.
The court did not address civil liabilities and vacated the lower court’s claim that it was a constitutional right. Unlike Oregon, no one in Montana has immunity from civil or criminal prosecution, death certificates are not legally falsified and investigations are not prohibited like in Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California. Does that sound legal to you?
Perhaps the promoters are frustrated that even though they were the largest lobbying spender in Montana, their Oregon model legalizing assisted suicide bills have been rejected in Montana in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The predatory corporation withdrew from their bullying legislative position in 2017. They simply did not try a fourth time and we celebrate saving lives every day in Montana.
What else have they spoke out of the side of their mouth?
Bradley Williams, President
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide a 501c(4) Montana Public Benefit Non Profit Corporportion