* A disabilities rights representative called Senate Bill 220 a “blunt instrument“ that offered even fewer safeguards than their Oregon model law.
* Choice was not assured since a designing heir or “new best friend” was allowed to help with the application for a lethal dose. The heir could also pick up the prescription, bring it into the home and administer it without oversight. If the patient struggled, who would know?
* “Self-administer” was redefined in the bill as “to ingest,“ so anything goes.
* Family notification was not required.
* There were no waiting periods.
* Two doctors were not really required since the first doctor could waive the second.
So before we have a debate on the high bar of philosophies, we have to pass the low bar of reading the proposed legislation, which is what we do at Montanans Against Assisted Suicide. We are a single-issue group that welcomes everyone who is against assisted suicide regardless of your views on other issues.