Sunday, November 10, 2013

Montana bill to legalize assisted suicide was a bait and switch.

Bradley Williams, the President of the Montanan's Against Assisted Suicide, wrote the following article that was published on November 10 in the Missoulian newspaper. Williams was responding to a letter that by Bonnie Kelley, published in the Missoulian on November 5.
Williams states in his letter that the bill to legalize assisted suicide in Montana in the previous legislative session was a "bait and switch" promotion.
Williams explains this by stating:
* 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.
Bradley Williams
Williams states that Montanans who read the bill didn't support it. Williams states:
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.
Check us out at We document what we say.
Bradley Williams, President, Montanans Against Assisted Suicide, Hamilton


suicide cleaner said...

is this one of those bills where you need to pass it before you know whats in it, like obamacare?

Alex Schadenberg said...

Bradley was saying that by reading the Montana assisted suicide bill you would realize that the suicide lobby was selling the bill with talking points that were in fact not true.

The bill used deceptive language.