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The right of terminal patients to make their own end-of-life decisions is based on the simple premise that people should be free.
A few months ago, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that aid in dying is legal in the state. On Friday April 9th in Helena, cancer patient Steve Johnson will be asking physicians to honor his choice to die with dignity. Compassion & Choices will be there as well to update on how the option of aid in dying for terminally-ill adults is being applied under the Montana ruling. Details on the news conference can be found here.
In addition, a community conversation on end-of-life choice is set to take place at Carroll College on Saturday, April 10. Hosted by the ACLU of Montana, the event will feature both proponents and opponents of aid in dying, including representatives from the legal, civil liberties, faith, medical and disability rights communities as well as patients and families.
This conversation is a great opportunity to hear the full scope of opinions on Death With Dignity.
The choice of legal aid in dying in Montana will undoubtedly be taken up by the state legislature next session. GOP State Senator Greg Hinkle has already introduced a bill to make Death With Dignity illegal in Montana. Compassion & Choices will be working with hundreds of Montanans across the state who believe in that simple premise of freedom. Please help us retain and protect this freedom by joining our effort. Become a fan of Compassion & Choices-Montana on Facebook for legislative updates, news, events and opportunities to help. You can also follow us on Twitter for a more comprehensive view of our national and state efforts on end-of-life choice.
When people are terminally ill and death is near, they should be free to decide whether to prolong life as long as possible or to end their suffering more quickly. Terminally ill patients want the right to have some measure of control over their lives. The right to request aid in dying places the power to choose solely in the hands of the patient.
My life. My death. My choice.