End-of-Life Choice, Death with Dignity, Palliative Care and Counseling


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Aid in dying is authorized in Montana. Ask if your doctor is supportive!

On December 31, 2009, Montana’s highest court ruled in Baxter v. Montana that physicians are authorized under state law to provide aid in dying; that is, to prescribe medication that a terminally ill adult can take to shorten their dying process should the suffering become unbearable. The Baxter decision is now five years old and Montana physicians are providing aid-in-dying medication for dying people who request it. We are ever closer to our goal of this medical option being available to all dying adults of sound mind. You can help by taking the time at your next doctor’s appointment to ask if your doctor is supportive. Tell them you would want this option if you are facing unbearable suffering at the end of life.

Compassion & Choices Montana continues working to protect Baxter from lawmakers who want to take away the rights it affords to the state’s residents. Montanans who want to defend access to death with dignity are sharing their powerful stories with lawmakers through a portrait and six simple words.

The history of aid in dying in Montana is as multifaceted as it is inspiring. Five Years of Dignity: The Baxter Ruling and End-of-Life Freedom in Montana highlights key moments leading up to the historic ruling and chronicles the challenges that Baxter has withstood. This new report features Montanans affected by the ruling, including the plaintiffs, a judge and a witness to the peaceful death that aid in dying makes possible. It also documents the broad public support for death with dignity seen in polling numbers, bipartisan votes and the many Montana residents who serve as volunteer advocates working to protect the freedoms afforded by the Baxter ruling.


Five Years of Dignity: The Baxter Ruling and End-of-life Freedom in Montana

Five years after the Baxter Decision a new report looks back at key moments leading up to the historic ruling and chronicles the challenges that Baxter has withstood.

Video: Who Decides How You Die? Inside Montana’s Assisted Suicide Fight

ReasonTV’s short videos on current events present a “free markets, free minds” perspective. This 9-minute segment on the death-with-dignity debate in Montana and nationwide is fair and informative.
Watch the video on YouTube

Montana Advance Directive

If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, follow the link below to find the most recent forms and resources for end-of-life planning.

Sign the Petition

The Supreme Court’s 2009 Baxter decsion made Montana one of the few states to allow aid in dying. Now, some groups won’t stop untill they take that right away from us.
Sign this petition today to protect your right to a peaceful death.

Contact Information

Contact the Compassion & Choices Montana Campaign Manager:

Emily Bentley
[email protected]
Compassion & Choices Montana
PO Box 1348
Helena, MT 59624


To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact [email protected] via email or call 800-247-7421.

Contact your elected officials.

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