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Montana First Judicial District Court Decision: On December 5, 2008, Judge Dorothy McCarter ruled that the Montana constitutional rights of individual privacy and human dignity, taken together, encompass the right of a competent terminally ill patient to die with dignity. That a patient may use the assistance of his physican to obtain a lethal dose of medication that may be taken when he decides to terminate his life. The Court also concluded that the patient's physician is protected from liability under the State's homicide statutes.
Supreme Court Amicus Brief - Disability Rights Montana: Disability Rights Montana disagrees with the lower Court's decision and wrote an amicus brief urging the Montana Supreme Court to reverse the District Court's Decision.
Supreme Court Opinion/Order: On December 31, 2009, the Montana Supreme Court decided physican aid in dying is not against public policy.