Doctor Death Penalty Bill defeated in Montana
The Montana House reversed course today and rejected a bill that would have allowed the state to EXECUTE (!) doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for a terminally ill adult who requests it to peacefully end their suffering. HB 536 would have overturned the 2009 Montana Supreme Court decision in a suit filed by Compassion & Choices on behalf of a terminally ill truck driver from Billings, Bob Baxter. The House failed to pass the bill, HB 536, it approved yesterday by a 52 to 48 vote, after two legislators switched from yea to nay votes, resulting in a 50 to 50 tie vote today.