KHN: Katheryn Houghton: Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum (March 30, 2021)

Katheryn Houghton has published her Kaiser Health News article, titled “Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum.” The summary of the article is as follows:

Every session of the biennial Montana state legislature since [2009], a lawmaker has proposed a bill to formally criminalize physician-assisted death. Those who back the bills say the aid is morally wrong while opponents say criminalizing the practice would be a backstep for patients’ rights. But so far, lawmakers haven’t gained enough support to pass any legislation on the issue, though it has been close. The latest effort stalled on March 1, on a split vote.

Even the terminology to describe the practice is disputed. Some say it’s “suicide” anytime someone intentionally ends their life. Others say it’s “death with dignity” when choosing to expedite a painful end. Such debates have gone on for decades. But Montana remains the sole state stuck in a legal gray zone, even if the practice can still seem taboo in many states with clear laws

To view the full article, click here: “Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even as Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum”

Posted by Elise Kim, Managing Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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