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." In 1907, 1921 and 1947, this statute was re-codified, but its text remained unchanged. The statute stated: "Every person who deliberately aids, or advises or encourages another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony."