Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Baxter v. Montana - Oral Arguments on Wednesday

Arguments in Baxter v. Montana begin tomorrow at 9:30 MT (11:30 ET) in Room 303 of the Montana Capitol and are open to the public. People may listen or watch live broadcasts through the Montana State Judiciary Web site here.
The Court must decide whether, as a lower court judge held, the Montana Constitution protects the right of a terminally ill patient to obtain a lethal prescription from her physician.


Christian Sinclair, MD said...

so any word on the decision?

Thaddeus Mason Pope said...

There is often a significant gap between the time a case is argued and the time a written opinion (decision) is issued. The length of time lasts anywhere from months to over a year.

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

I couldn't resist blogging on the Montana case. See current posting at www.MDWhistleblower.blogspot.com)
Just because an action is legal, doesn't make it right. Does this mean that we can expect patients suing their doctors for wrongful life?

jodiyo said...

A clerk at the Montana Supreme Court said Justice Warner is retiring at the end of the year, which may affect the timing of the opinion.

ProCon.org is following this case for a state law chart we have on our euthanasia website.