I’ve had it with the misinformation coming from the group Montanans Against Assisted Suicide (MAAS). Shame on them.
In 2009, the Montana Supreme Court upheld my right to aid in dying. The means my doctor can write me a lethal prescription, if I am (1) an adult, (2) terminally ill, (3) mentally competent, (4) request the medication myself, and (4) can self-administer it. I beg to differ with those who would define this as physician-assisted suicide. Nothing could be farther from the truth, if you have ever witnessed the pain-ridden journey of a dying loved one as I have.
MAAS contends that the Supreme Court’s decision renders the elderly among us more vulnerable to having family members conspire to kill them off before their time. This is nothing more than a smokescreen and fear tactic to win support for a horrible bill now before the Senate Judiciary Committee, HB505. HB505 threatens to send my doctor to jail for even discussing my end-of-life choices with me. How absurd. And how dare MAAS or any legislator tell me how I can and cannot die.
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Do not be misled by the MAAS campaign of misinformation. Rather, contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your own State Senator today, and urge them to oppose HB 505. Call 406-444-4800. Your right to personal privacy, personal dignity, and individual choice is in their hands. The confidential relationship you have with your doctor is threatened. Your doctor is at risk.