On Monday, Rep. Brad Tschida introduced a draconian new bill (HB 536) that seeks to outlaw medical aid in dying in Montana and impose harsh penalties, including prison time — or even the death penalty — on doctors who participate.
The proposed legislation would allow physicians to be prosecuted for homicide, a crime with the harshest possible penalties, for writing medical aid-in-dying prescriptions for mentally competent, terminally ill adults. This bill must be stopped and a hearing this Friday will be our first opportunity!
WHAT: A hearing on the Physician Imprisonment Act of 2017
WHERE: Friday, February 24 at 8:00 a.m.
WHEN: Hearing room 137, State Capitol, 1301 E 6th Ave Helena, 59601
This is not the first time lawmakers opposed to medical aid in dying have introduced such legislation, inserting their beliefs and government intervention into the private medical decisions that happen between patients, their families and their medical team. And this comes after medical aid in dying has been authorized in Montana for over seven years without a single case of proven abuse.
We have a plan to defeat this unwanted and unneeded government interference into your end-of-life healthcare decisions: The help of Montanans like you, as in years past, will be the key. Showing the Judiciary Committee the strength of our numbers on Friday will be a huge step in the right direction.
If you are unable to attend, you can still take action.Click here to contact the committee and urge them to vote no on HB 536.