Contrary to what some say, assisted suicide is not legal in Montana

Contrary to what some say, assisted suicide is not legal in Montana

Dear Editor: The source for the story “Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes medical aid-in-dying bill” has done you a disservice. The promoters of assisted suicide have 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 Oregon, Washington and California. Does that sound legal to you?

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