Additional Assisted Suicide Information

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In the 2015 Montana legislative session there were three bills that dealt with physician-assisted suicide. Below is information about each one of those bills.

 

SB 202: “Establish guidelines and immunities for physicians who provide end of life care”

Sponsored by: Sen. Dick Barrett (D) SD 45

Bill summary: This bill would have legalized physician-assisted suicide and opened the door for abuse against the elderly and could have encouraged people to throw away their lives.

The Montana Catholic Conference OPPOSED this bill and provided testimony in opposition.

Bill history: A hearing was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill was tabled in committee and died when it failed to meet the transmittal deadline. To see video of the hearing, please click here.

 

HB 328: “Provide that consent is not a defense for physician assisted suicide”

Sponsored by: Rep. Brad Tschida (R) HD 97

Bill summary: This bill sought to address the very narrow holding in the Baxter v. Montana case by stating that consent of the victim to physician-assisted suicide is not a defense to a charge of homicide and that physician-assisted suicide is against the public policy of Montana.

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and provided testimony in support.

Bill history: The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee but failed to pass the House on second reading.

 

HB 477: “Clarify offense of aiding or soliciting suicide”

Sponsored by: Rep. Jerry Bennett (R) HD 1

Bill summary: This bill would have clarified that physician-assisted suicide is against the public policy of Montana and that assisted suicide, including physician-assisted suicide, is illegal in our state.

The Montana Catholic Conference SUPPORTED this bill and provided testimony in support.

Bill history: This bill passed the House and was then heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee where it was tabled and died. To find all audio & video of testimony and debate for this bill, please click here.