Saturday, January 21, 2012

Suicide in Montana

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/53288085-82/suicide-assisted-doctors-montana.html.csp

First published Jan 20 2012 01:01AM
Updated Jan 20, 2012 01:01AM


I am the coordinator of Montanans Against Assisted Suicide and for Living with Dignity. I disagree with Patty Henetz that assisted suicide is legal in Montana, or, as she wrote, to “allow doctors to legally write such prescriptions for the terminally ill, under certain circumstances” (“Do Utahns have the right to choose how they die?” Tribune, Jan. 8)

For the past five years, Montana has been targeted for legalization of assisted suicide by the Denver-based suicide promotion organization deceptively named Compassion and Choices (formerly the Hemlock Society). In 2007, Compassion and Choices initiated litigation that resulted in the 2009 Baxter decision that gives doctors, and only doctors, a potential defense to criminal prosecution for causing or assisting a suicide.

Assisted suicide is not legalized by giving doctors or anyone else criminal or civil immunity.

In 2011, Compassion and Choices tried again, backing a bill, SB167, that would have legalized assisted suicide in Montana. The Legislature did not pass it.

Legal assisted suicide is a recipe for elder abuse. It has multiple other problems as we discuss on our website (www.montanansagainstassistedsuicide.org).

Bradley D. Williams
Hamilton, Mont.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Join Us in Great Falls! Saturday January 28th! Seminar & Reception!

Come to learn and have a great time!

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2012
Time:  Seminar, 1pm to 4pm; Reception, 4 pm to 5 pm.
Where:  Hilton Garden Inn, 2520 14th St. SW, Great Falls, MT.
Cost:  No charge, donations appreciated!*

RSVP:  Let us know that you're coming!  Please e-mail Bradley Williams, at bradley@montanansagainstassistedsuicide.org  You can also call 406 531 0937 during business hours (9 am to 4:30 pm).  We look forward to seeing you, your family and/or your friends!

MC:  Rick Blevins, MD

Speakers:

Charles Bentz, MD
Charles Bentz, MD.  Dr. Bentz is a practicing physician in Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.  He is also President of Physicians for Compassionate Care Education Foundation.  He will speak on the "Oregon Experience."

Margaret Dore.  Ms. Dore is an attorney in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal.  She is also President of Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation opposed to assisted suicide.  She will speak on "Current Law and Why Assisted Suicide is Bad Public Policy"

Montana State Senator Greg HinkleSenator Hinkle is from Thompson Falls and represents SD 7.  He will be speaking on "Lessons from the Last Legislative Session."

Montana State Senator Jim Shockley.  Senator Shockley is from Victor and represents SD 45.  He is an announced candidate for Attorney General of Montana.  He will be speaking on the recent hearings before the Medical Examiner Board.

Bradley D. Williams.  Mr. Williams is Coordinator for Montanans Against Assisted Suicide & For Living with Dignity.  He will be discussing the recent hearings before the Medical Examiner Board