Saturday, January 02, 2010

Montana to allow doctor-assisted suicide

from the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.
The Supreme Court of Montana vacated a trial judge’s ruling that the Constitution of Montana prohibited assisted suicide for the terminally ill—but construed the state’s living will law as permitting doctors to prescribe lethal overdoses if the patient self administers. From the conclusion of the majority opinion:

“In conclusion, we find nothing in Montana Supreme Court precedent or Montana statutes indicating that physician aid in dying is against public policy. The ‘against public policy’ exception to consent has been interpreted by this Court as applicable to violent breaches of the public peace.”

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