Fight over assisted suicide moves back to court


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The fight over physician-assisted suicide in Montana is moving back to the courtroom.

Montanans Against Assisted Suicide is trying to strike the state Board of Medical Examiners' policy that guides doctors in the matter.

A Helena judge has scheduled oral arguments for next month in the case. The lawsuit was filed in December.

Since then, the Montana Legislature failed in efforts to either clarify that the practice is specifically legal or illegal.

The Montana Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that nothing in state law prohibits assisted suicide, effectively making Montana the third state to allow it.

A Board of Medical Examiners rule adopted last year says it would consider, on an individual basis, any complaints filed against a doctor for providing "aid-in-dying."

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