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Advocates contend at hearing: At least one assisted suicide in Montana


Doctors in Montana have helped at least one patient commit suicide since a state court ruled late last year it wasn't illegal, advocates said Friday, but authorities have no way of knowing how many others there may be, who is doing it or even how it is being done. The state Supreme Court ruled Dec. 31 that nothing in state law prevents a doctor from prescribing the lethal drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients, making Montana the third state to allow physicianassisted suicide. But the court didn't determine whether the state Constitution guarantees the right to physician-assis...

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