Judge dismisses assisted-suicide complaint

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A state judge has dismissed a complaint against the state Board of Medical Examiners over language in a position paper about assisted suicide.

District Judge Mike Menahan on Friday said the complaint by the group Montanans Against Assisted Suicide was moot because the board had withdrawn the position paper.

The board said in the paper that it would evaluate complaints against doctors in assisted-suicide cases on an individual basis, as it would any other medical procedure of intervention.

The group Montanans Against Assisted Suicide filed its complaint last year, saying the statement wrongly implies that assisted suicide is legal in Montana.

Menahan says in his order that the board in September withdrew all of its position papers, including that one.

The judge says the board's action makes the case moot.

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