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

Monday, July 7, 2014

In Montana, Elder Abuse a Growing Concern

http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/booming/elder-abuse-a-growing-concern/article_8b895eb2-0210-11e4-bf33-001a4bcf887a.html

July 03, 2014 7:45 am  •  

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that trend is going to continue for nearly the next 20 years.
At the same time this population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
But that’s only part of the picture. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, about 24 cases go unreported. The U.S. census predicts that by 2015 Montana will have the nation’s fourth-oldest population and that by 2025, 25 percent of Montana will be 65 or older. By 2030, the number is expected to double.