assisted suicide in Montana

Here is a story in the National Right to Life News about assisted suicide in Montana. Assisted suicide is technically prohibited in Montana but a decision by the Montana Supreme Court in 2009 held that a doctor who assisted in the death of a terminally ill, mentally competent patient would be immune from a homicide prosecution; the Court did not reach the broader state constitutional issue of whether there was a constitutional right to die with dignity.

The Montana legislature tried to change this by explicitly prohibiting assisted suicide. It appeared that the measure was going to pass but a legislator changed her vote and opposed the measure. Apparently she had intended to vote in favor of the ban on assisted suicide. Her mistake in voting prevented the passage of the law.


Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.