Navigation Links
Americans United for Life Represents 28 Bipartisan Montana Legislators Arguing Assisted Suicide Not a Right
Date:4/29/2009

CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life (AUL) today filed a friend of the court brief before the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of a bipartisan group of 28 Montana Senators and Representatives, arguing there is no right to assisted suicide under the State's constitution.

In December 2008, a state district court ruled that, under the Montana Constitution, individuals have a right to suicide, and a right to assistance in committing suicide. In addition, the judge did not impose any restrictions on the practice, leaving room for the active euthanasia of patients by their physicians.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of AUL stated, "It is appalling that the district court has attempted to unilaterally manufacture a state constitutional right to assisted suicide--a right that has no basis in the history of our nation. On the contrary, Montana has compelling interests in protecting all human life and in preventing the abuses inherent in assisted suicide."

"The district court held that a person's constitutional rights are 'defeated' if she does not receive assistance in dying. This means that anyone--even a patient who cannot administer lethal drugs herself--is entitled to have a physician kill them," observed Mailee Smith, AUL Staff Counsel.

Smith continued, "What's even worse is that there is no requirement that another person witness the suicide request or that there be written documentation of the request and the basis for it. Physicians can unilaterally decide that their patients want to die, with no paper trail to hold them accountable. That is not assisted suicide--that is euthanasia."

AUL worked in conjunction with the Montana Attorney General's office to coordinate amicus briefs supporting the State's current prohibition of assisted suicide.

AUL's brief is available at http://tinyurl.com/Baxter-v-MT

About Americans United for Life

Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS' Frontline program chronicled AUL's successful efforts in Mississippi.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Americans United for Life
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Many Older Americans Have Active Sex Lives
2. Despite grumbling, most Americans say they are happy at work
3. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
4. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Number of Uninsured Americans Grows to 47 Million
5. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
6. Amid Improving Life Expectancy Rates, Risk of Premature Death is Still Significant for Americans, New Study Shows
7. AOA President Calls on Congress to Reauthorize SCHIP and Take Action to Ensure Health Care Coverage for All Americans
8. National Council on Disability Urges Congress to Support Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration
9. Few Americans Know of Leg Artery Danger
10. More Americans Urged to Get Flu Shots
11. Pelosi: Todays Sweeping, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Drug Safety is a Victory for All Americans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... When it comes to household ... deserve clear instructions on how to keep babies and toddlers safe, and there's no ... Safety Month. , Great Time to Check Labels, Brands that sell all kinds of ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... With Netmail ... contractors in the United States, can easily manage all of their data, apply ... on premise platforms simultaneously. “As a construction company,” says Ryan Sinnwell, the Infrastructure ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 18, 2017 , ... A September ... University in Belfast indicating that aspirin, one of the world’s most common and least ... teeth. Los Angeles area dentist Dr. Farzad Feiz of California Dental Group and Calabasas ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ... ... Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) string of standout showings at the Pittsburgh Business Times’ ... honors than any health care provider in the region at the annual event. ... William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh included:, , George J. ...
(Date:9/18/2017)... ... September 18, 2017 , ... Healthpointe is proud ... Southern California. Patients with chronic back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, and/or tenderness ... department. , Each of Healthpointe’s eleven offices now has a licensed chiropractor that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)... Sept. 6, 2017  Medical professionals are ... skills while treating their patients. Medical simulations ... without involving patients. Simulation provides a safe ... carry out procedures, refine techniques and build ... of new technology, such as augmented reality, ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... KEYSTONE, Colo. , Sept. 5, 2017 ... their XR-29 DoseCheck solution. Scannerside DoseCheck is a third-party ... update existing CT scanners and allows compliance with current ... The Sapheneia-Scannerside proprietary XR 29 DoseCheck solution is specifically ... notifications and alerts of potential radiation doses over a ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... , Sept. 5, 2017 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development ... has successfully concluded its meeting with the U.S. Food ... oral insulin formulation. ... the regulatory pathway for submission of ORMD-0801, would be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: