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:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Bacteria and fungi are probably not the first ingredients that come to mind ... right microorganisms in your diet can actually improve health outcomes. And the good news is ... topic of a new peer-reviewed paper led by Maria Marco, Ph.D. , ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... The respected dental ... want straight teeth without the extensive time commitment and aesthetic disadvantages of traditional ... a referral. A custom-designed series of virtually invisible aligners are created for each ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Ohio (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... New ... OH to replace their missing teeth can now have them placed by Dr. Manju ... the latest i-CAT® Cone Beam technology to increase the accuracy of each dental implant ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... gain site attention and engagement over the household brands of Top-20 pharma by ... will discuss how partnering with the right outsourcing payments provider can provide the ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... A study by the founder of the ... Sudeep Roy, MD, was recently published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. ... Drs. Buckingham and Roy’s study on the use of Electro Lube during the facelift ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 To mark the end of Save Your ... leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase Canon eye care ... New York,s Jacob Javits Center from ... sponsored by the American Optometric Association, is observed annually in ... comprehensive eye exams. In recognition of this observance, Canon ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... -- A new survey from the American Association ... Program (CBP) significantly reduced beneficiary choice and access to ... forces beneficiaries to switch to unfamiliar or unsuitable testing ... AADE,s survey is the latest in a continuous ... the inherent problems with the CBP. Last year, a ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... YORK , March 27, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com ... Based ... adult use in states where cannabis is legal will generate $655 ... million will be from cannabis specific taxes, such as ... $96 million will be earned from state sales taxes that are ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: