Regarding “D.C. mayor signs assisted suicide bill,” (catholicsentinel.org, Dec. 24): 

The promoters of assisted suicide have worn out their thesaurus attempting to imply that it is legal in Montana. Assisted suicide is a homicide in Montana. Our state Supreme Court did rule that if a doctor is charged with a homicide he or she might have a potential defense based on consent. The court acknowledged it is a homicide in the ruling.

The court did not address civil liabilities and vacated the lower court’s claim that assisted suicide is a constitutional right. Unlike Oregon, no one in Montana has immunity from civil or criminal prosecution. Death certificates are not legally falsified  and investigations are not prohibited.

Perhaps the promoters are frustrated that even though they were the largest lobbying spender in Montana, their Oregon-style assisted suicide bills were rejected in Montana in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Without a witness, there is a possibility of euthanasia. This omission in the Oregon law eviscerates the flaunted safeguards, putting the entire population at risk of exploitation by the medical-industrial-complex, organ traffickers and predatory heirs. 

Bradley Williams
Hamilton, Montana