Thursday, September 15, 2011

Montana leads the way in end-of-life choice

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 9:55 AM

A new editorial by Barbara Coombs Lee, president of national nonprofit Compassion & Choices, highlights how Montana "will, from now on, direct the flow of liberty at life's end."

Titled "How Montana Is Revolutionizing the Movement For End-of-Life Choice," Coombs Lee summarizes the legal history of Montana's aid-in-dying movement — most notably the 2009 Baxter v. Montana ruling — and the many precedents set over the last few years. She concludes:

The Montana experience is ongoing, with aid in dying governed by standards of practice and the same regulatory procedures as all medical care. Its impact will likely reach across our nation. As our path leads forward from this point, we draw water from the streams that flow from Montana. "Baxter v. Montana" is the watershed.

You can read the full column at Huffington Post.

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