Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
BOBBY CAINA CALVAN Associated Press Mar 22, 2017
HELENA – 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."
Posted by Admin at 2:15 PM
Saturday, February 25, 2017
|Representative Brad Tschida|
Until recently, the Montana Strategic Suicide Prevention Plan was considering assisted suicide of the terminally ill as a separate issue from suicide prevention. The active disability community in Montana, however, has been vocal on the need for suicide prevention services for individuals with disabilities. . . . . Individuals with disabilities have a right to responsive suicide prevention services.There is a specific recommendation to "address . . . the mistaken assumption that suicide is a rational response to disability."
Posted by Admin at 2:17 PM
Thursday, May 7, 2015
On February 11, 2015, SB 202, seeking to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia, was tabled in committee. With the close of the legislature, the bill is now dead.
Under the bill, young adults with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, would have been "eligible" for assisted suicide and euthanasia. The bill, if passed, would have created the following problems:
- The encouragement of people with years to live to throw away their lives.
- The creation of new paths of elder abuse, especially for people with money (in the inheritance context).
- The empowerment of health care systems to steer patients to suicide, which is documented in Oregon, one of the few states where assisted suicide is legal.
- An increase in other "conventional" suicides, including violent suicides by firearms, which is the case in Oregon.
To view documentation regarding these problems, and other problems with legalization, please click here for the text; click here for the attachments
Thank you to everyone for your help to make the defeat of SB 202 possible.