Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bradley Williams Published in Great Falls Tribune

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/opinion/2014/07/19/letters-suicide-aid-brown/12904197/

I disagree with Jim McCreedy's July 13 guest opinion that assisted suicide, which he refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.

I am president of Montanans Against Assisted Suicide. We are in litigation against the Montana Medical Examiners Board over the status of assisted suicide in Montana. As part of that lawsuit, we succeeded in getting the board to remove a position paper implying that assisted suicide is legal.

Under "Baxter v. the state of Montana," a doctor and anyone else who assists a suicide can be charged with homicide. For more information about our lawsuit, which is pending in the Montana Supreme Court, please see our press release at   http://www.montanansagainstassistedsuicide.org/2014/02/maas-appeals-medical-examiner-board.html

Problems with legalizing assisted suicide include that it encourages people with years to live to throw away their lives. Legalization also creates loopholes for elder abuse, for example, when there is an inheritance involved.

For me, personally, health care is a big reason that I am against assisted suicide legalization. I am 65 years old. I don't want some doctor telling me or my wife that we should go kill ourselves. We have the right to be left alone.

For more information about problems with the legalization of assisted suicide, please go to www.montanansagainstassistedsuicide.org/p/quick-facts-about-assisted-suicide.html

— Bradley Williams, Hamilton