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Montana Ruling Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Posted Dec 07 2008 7:12am
Late Friday night, a Montana judge ruled that physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill is legal. According to Judge Dorothy McCarter, "The Montana constitutional rights of individual privacy and human dignity, taken together, encompass the right of a competent terminally (ill) patient to die with dignity."

While the Montana attorney general plans to appeal the ruling next week, for at least the time being, the state joins Oregon and Washington in allowing terminally ill patients the choice of when and how they die.
-Kelly Hills
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