Montana House backs physician-assisted-suicide ban

2013-02-27T14:52:00Z 2013-02-28T00:13:32Z Montana House backs physician-assisted-suicide banThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 27, 2013 2:52 pm  • 

HELENA — The House is backing a plan to ban physician-assisted suicide in Montana.

The chamber backed House Bill 505 on Wednesday in a 54-45 initial vote. Supporters say it is needed to protect elderly people from potential abuse of heirs seeking money.

The Legislature has struggled with physician-assisted suicide since a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling that said nothing in state law prohibits it.

The ruling effectively made Montana the third state to legalize the practice. But a lack of regulations or oversight has left lingering questions.

A Senate committee has tabled a measure that would have formally legalized it.

Supporters of physician-assisted suicide argue that people have the right to die with dignity when facing certain death.

The proposed ban faces a final House vote before going to the Senate.

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