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Assisted-suicide dispute back in court

HELENA — The dispute over physician-assisted suicide was back in court Wednesday, as an organization seeks to have a state judge strike the Board of Medical Examiners' policy on the practice.

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Advance directives set course for end of life decisions

Advance directives set course for end of life decisions

When Helen Fischer died of congestive heart failure, her family had a detailed road map to guide them. The 93-year-old mother of five had selected her coffin, the music, the poem and identified who would do what at her funeral mass.

May 09, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Fight over assisted suicide moves back to court

HELENA — The fight over physician-assisted suicide in Montana is moving back to the courtroom after the Legislature failed this session to clarify that the practice is specifically legal or illegal.

May 08, 2013 1:59 pmLoading…
Montana Senate agrees to debate assisted suicide ban

Montana Senate agrees to debate assisted suicide ban

HELENA — The Montana Senate is deciding to allowing debate on two measures that had been stuck in committee

April 11, 2013 3:17 pm Related Loading…
Montana House backs physician-assisted-suicide ban

Montana House backs physician-assisted-suicide ban

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

February 27, 2013 2:52 pm Related Loading…
Montana House panel debates penalties for assisted suicide

Montana House panel debates penalties for assisted suicide

HELENA — Outlawing physician-assisted suicide in Montana would protect the elderly from being abused and keep the integrity of the medical profession intact, supporters of a bill to ban the practice told lawmakers Wednesday.

February 20, 2013 12:28 pm Related Loading…
Panel tables physician-assisted suicide bill

Panel tables physician-assisted suicide bill

HELENA — A Senate committee is again tabling a measure that aims to bring clarity to physician-assisted suicide in Montana.

February 13, 2013 6:10 pm Related Loading…
Montana lawmakers grapple with physician-aided suicide

Montana lawmakers grapple with physician-aided suicide

HELENA — The Montana Legislature is again being asked to bring clarity to a 2009 court decision that opened the door for physician-assisted suicide — but also left nagging questions over what exactly is legal.

February 11, 2013 12:12 pm Photos

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Medical board won't change assisted-suicide policy

HELENA — The Montana Board of Medical Examiners has rejected a request to strike its policy on physician-assisted suicide that opponents criticize as too permissive.

November 16, 2012 12:58 pmLoading…

Bill to set rules for physician-assisted suicide in Montana fails

HELENA — Lawmakers tabled a bill Thursday that would have established rules for physician-assisted suicide — setting up a situation where Montana could remain in limbo under a 2009 court ruling that doesn't specifically prevent doctors from getting criminally charged in such cases.

February 10, 2011 1:23 pmLoading…

Assisted suicide issue hits Montana Legislature

HELENA — Lawmakers were asked Monday to either set guidelines for physician-assisted suicide in the wake of a high court ruling or ban it altogether.

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Legislature to take up assisted suicide bills

HELENA — The Legislature had been out of session in the year since the Montana Supreme Court ruled that nothing in state law prevents physician-assisted suicide, leaving doctors and terminally ill patients to operate without regulations or oversight.

January 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health matters: Living will for peace of mind

Although great medical interventions have allowed people to live longer and survive difficult diseases, we all must face death sometime. You have choices on what you want or do not want done when you near death, but there are no guarantees unless you plan ahead.

November 03, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

FWP euthanizes troublesome black bear

The three bears whose fondness for chicken prompted them to be banished to a land far, far away earlier this summer apparently believed there really is no place like home.

September 17, 2010 8:36 pmLoading…

Right-to-die plaintiff proud of his involvement, family members say

HELENA - Robert Baxter made his own decision to go to court for the right to die on his terms, in the hope that others could have a choice he didn't have, his daughter and son said Wednesday.

September 02, 2009 9:25 pmLoading…
Personal choice vs. public interest: ‘Right to die’ argued

Personal choice vs. public interest: ‘Right to die’ argued

HELENA - As he suffered great pain and discomfort in his final days with terminal leukemia, Robert Baxter of Billings should have been allowed to choose how to die - and the state has no "compelling interest" to deny that choice, his attorney told the Montana Supreme Court Wednesday.

September 02, 2009 8:50 pm Photos

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High court wades into life, death arguments

High court wades into life, death arguments

HELENA - Robert Baxter, a 76-year-old former truck driver from Billings, spent his last months fighting for the right to hasten his own death.

August 29, 2009 9:00 pmLoading…
Woman pleads for right to die

Woman pleads for right to die

Janet Murdock, 67, who has terminal ovarian cancer, said she hoped that a December state court decision affirming Montana patients' constitutional right to die would apply to her.

April 03, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…
Woman pleads for right to die

Woman pleads for right to die

MISSOULA - A terminally ill Missoula woman on Friday implored Montana's medical community to respect her right to die using physician-prescribed medications.

April 03, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

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