Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

Montana lawmaker revives bill to ban doctor-assisted suicide

A Montana lawmaker has revived an attempt to outlaw physician-assisted suicides, this time with a twist: There’s no mention of physicians or suicides.

But Republican Sen. Albert Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon from Kalispell, acknowledged that the bill he introduced this week is a replacement measure for one that died in the House in a 50-50 vote. The measure needed at least half of all votes cast to advance.

“It died because one person mistakenly pushed the wrong button on the House floor,” Olszewski said. “If that’s true, then we’ll give her an opportunity to redeem herself.”

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