Medical board asked to review assisted suicide


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Board of Medical Examiners is being asked to revisit its policy on physician-assisted suicide.

The board earlier this year tried to issue some guidance to doctors on an issue that remains unclear in law. The board says it will review each case on its merits if any are filed against a doctor for providing "aid-in-dying."

Montanans Against Assisted Suicide says it wants to board to revoke that policy, saying it appears to condone a procedure that opponents argue is illegal.

Three years ago, the Montana Supreme Court declared that nothing in state law or precedents makes the procedure illegal. The high court did not issue rules or procedures for prescribing the death-inducing drugs, and the Montana Legislature has been unable to provide clarity one way or another.

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