On New Year’s Eve, the Montana Supreme Court’s Baxter decision came
down while no one was paying attention. They ruled that physicians can
now legally prescribe drugs to help people kill themselves. In other
words, they’ve legalized physician assisted suicide, no matter how they
reword that act.
To which nurse/bioethics expert Nancy Valko says this:
“It was over a decade ago that the US Supreme Court rule unanimously
in Quill v. Vacco that there was no constitutional right to assisted
suicide. But in Montana, the majority of their Supreme Court apparently
rephrases the question and concludes that assisted suicide “does not
violate Montana’s statutory law” even with a Montana law against
assisted suicide. Remember that this case started when only one judge
in one case ruled for the terminally ill man and Compassion and Choices
(former Hemlock Society) supporters who brought that case. No vote, no
Just sheer power to exert a singular disordered will and render the incoherent into law.