Mistaken Vote Keeps Assisted Suicide Alive in Montana

Mistaken Vote Keeps Assisted Suicide Alive in Montana

The latest bill to ban assisted suicide almost succeeded but failed at the very last minute in a classic case of legislative comedy.

The bill, which declared that a patient’s consent would not be a defense for a doctor who assisted someone in ending their life, passed a second reading on a 52-48 vote on Tuesday. But on the third reading on Wednesday, four legislators changed their votes and the result was tied 50-50. Hence the bill was defeated.

What explained the change?

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