The following letter was written by Mike Moe from Great Falls Montana and published online by the Ravalli Republic paper concerning his support for Montana Bill HB 505, that would protect Montana citizens from assisted suicide, based on the care that his mother did not receive when she died.
I am writing to urge your readers to tell their legislators to vote “yes“on
House Bill 505. The hearing was this past Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary
A yes vote will prevent doctors and nurses from having more
power to cause patient deaths. They abuse the power they already have. Please
consider my mother’s story below.
My mother, Sharon Moe, was diagnosed
with colon cancer in February of this year. After her surgery, I was told that
she may be able to live for six months to two years. My mother was against
assisted suicide and euthanasia and wanted to live as long as possible. She was
placed on a continual feed through a feeding tube which hospice wanted to
discontinue and they did.
My mother did not get the chance to live on
longer as she had willed, but her death was hastened by dehydration and
starvation after removing the continual feeding. My mother was not experiencing
any pain and would tell someone if she had it. There were some apparent abuses
and some subtle abuses.
These abuses will be multiplied many fold if
physician-assisted suicide is legalized in Montana. If they are doing this while
assisted suicide is illegal, what will they do when assisted suicide is
The recent guest column by Dr. Stephen Speckart and other
doctors claims that assisted suicide is already legal. For that reason, I
support House Bill 505, which clearly states that assisted suicide is not legal.
We have enough abuse already. Please tell your Senator to vote for HB505 to stop
a bad situation from getting worse.
Mike Moe,Great Falls