In yesterday’s Great Falls Tribune, cancer patient Steve Johnson argues for his right to legal aid in dying:
I’ve accepted my death as approaching and unavoidable, and my family and I have had a long time to deal with our grief. I approach the end of my life with a clear mind.
I was heartened when the Montana Supreme Court decided I have a choice on how I am allowed to die.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees this will be my decision to make. Opponents in our Legislature have already announced they will try to pass a law to take away my end-of-life choice, and yours.
We should reject those efforts.
Government should stay out of the medical decisions between a doctor and a mentally competent, terminally ill adult.
Steve’s plea for a peaceful and dignified death on his own terms is now echoing across the state. The right of an individual to decide is very popular in Montana.