Amicus Briefs Filed in Baxter v. Montana
Hard on the heels of last November's ballot initiative legalizing assisted suicide in Washington State, a Montana trial court judge ruled that Montanans had both a right to die and a right to physician-assisted suicide. The judge made it clear that she understood that Montana had no safeguards in place for physician-assisted suicide, and no legal definitions of the crucial terms competent or terminally-ill, conditions legally specified in both Oregon and Washington. Further, the court indicated that the decision for physician-assisted suicide should be the sole responsibility of physicians, despite there being no legal guidelines specifying how doctors might establish whether a person requesting physician-assisted suicide was competent to do so or not.
The Institute for the Study of Disability and Bioethics joined with the Bioethics Defense Fund, and the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund in filing a friend of the court brief, one of three amicus briefs (see below) filed appealing the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Montana.
- Amici Curiae Brief of the Institute for the Study of Disability & Bioethics, The Bioethics Defense Fund, The Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, and Prof. Kristen Juras in Support of the State of Montana and Attorney General Steve Bullock
- Amicus Brief of Margaret Dore Supporting the Appellants
- Amicus Brief of the Disability Amici Curaie: Not Dead Yet, Adapt, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, National Council on Independent Living and National Spinal Cord Injury Association in Support of Appellants the State of Montana and Steve Bullock