Thursday, November 7, 2019

A Short History of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Montana

By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA


Assisted suicide means that someone provides the means and/or information for another person to commit suicide.  If a doctor is involved, the practice may be termed physician-assisted suicide.  Euthanasia is the administration of a lethal agent by another person. 

A.  Assisted Suicide

In 1895, the Montana Legislature enacted a criminal statute prohibiting assisted suicide as a "crime against the public safety."[1] In 1907, 1921 and 1947, this statute was re-codified, but its text remained unchanged.[2] The statute stated: "Every person who deliberately aids, or advises or encourages another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony."[3]

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sign Our Petition to the Legislature

Fill out the form below to let the Legislature know that you want a law passed to overturn the Baxter decision and clarify that assisted suicide is not legal in Montana.

The petition states:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Representative Glimm Introduces Bill to Overturn Baxter

Rep. Glimm
HOUSE BILL NO. 284

A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING THAT CONSENT TO PHYSICIAN AID IN DYING IS NOT A DEFENSE TO A CHARGE OF HOMICIDE; AMENDING SECTION 45-2-211, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."  The bill text below: