Doctor-assisted suicide legalized, ignored
Doctor assisted suicideMore
months after a Montana judge legalized doctor-assisted suicide, no one
in "Big Sky Country" has used it for end-of-life issues.
Jeff Laszloffy with the Montana Family Foundation believes Montana
doctors want nothing to do with it.
"Well, if I were a doctor, I would be reluctant to participate, too.
All the doctors I know got into the field of medicine to help people,
not to commit murder," he contends. "And that's what physician-assisted
suicide is. It really is just a little cozy term for murder and doctors
don't want to participate -- and we applaud that decision."
Jeff Laszloffy (Montana Family Foundation)The decision by Judge Dorothy
McCarter to legalize doctor-assisted suicide has been appealed to the
state Supreme Court.
"So we're looking forward to that hearing, and we hope that in the end
the Montana Supreme Court will see the wisdom of retaining the law in
the form that it was before and that they go ahead and quickly overturn
McCarter's decision before we actually see physician-assisted suicide
take place in Montana," Laszloffy concludes.
After McCarter's ruling in December, the Montant Medical Association
adopted a policy that states it "does not condone the deliberate act of
precipitating the death of a patient."
Contact: Charlie Butts
Date: April 14, 2009
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