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As we move forward with our ongoing challenge to keep assisted suicide out of Montana, your support is extremely important.
For the last three years, Montanans Against Assisted Suicide has been fighting against assisted suicide in the legislature, in the courts and in the media. More recently, we have been prosecuting a lawsuit against the Montana Board of Medical Examiners. The lawsuit has already caused the Board to remove a position statement implying that assisted suicide may be legal. (See Sanjay Talwani, Montana judge hears assisted suicide arguments, MTN News, December 11, 2013).
The lawsuit, however, has also been dismissed due to the Board's removal of the position statement. If we do not appeal, there will be nothing to stop the Board from re-issuing its statement - or a worse statement - the very next day. Appeal will also allow us to challenge the Baxter decision, which some proponents claim legalized assisted suicide in Montana.
Problems with the legalization of assisted suicide include that it encourages people with years to live, to throw away their lives. Legalization also creates new opportunities for elder abuse, for example, where there is an inheritance involved. In Oregon, legalization has allowed Medicaid to offer the "treatment" of assisted suicide in lieu of traditional treatments (to improve the quality of a patient's life, to extend life or to cure).
Do you want this to happen to you or your family?
We are asking for your financial support to help with attorneys fees and other costs of the appeal. We are asking you to support us as your finances allow. Any amount is appreciated.
Please make checks payable to: MAAS, 610 North 1st St. Suite 5-285, Hamilton, MT 59840.
You can donate online at this link: http://www.montanansagainstassistedsuicide.org/p/donate.html
Thank you for your support of our efforts on your behalf.
Bradley D. Williams,
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide
610 North First St, Ste 5-285
Hamilton, MT 59840
406 531 0937
* Donations may not be tax deductible.