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.
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.
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.
HELENA — The Montana Senate is deciding to allowing debate on two measures that had been stuck in committee
HELENA — The House is backing a plan to ban physician-assisted suicide in Montana.
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.
HELENA — A Senate committee is again tabling a measure that aims to bring clarity to physician-assisted suicide in Montana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MISSOULA - A terminally ill Missoula woman on Friday implored Montana's medical community to respect her right to die using physician-prescribed medications.
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