Doctor-assisted suicide legalized, ignored

Doctor assisted suicideMore than four 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."

Charlie Butts
Source: OneNewsNow
Publish Date: April 14, 2009
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