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Board won't change assisted-suicide policy

By The Associated Press
Published On: Nov 16 2012 02:04:13 PM MST
doctor with stethoscope, x-ray
HELENA,Mont. -

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners has rejected a request to strike its policy on physician-assisted suicide that opponents criticize as too permissive.
    
The board this year tried to provide some guidance to doctors on the issue that remains unclear in law. The board says it will review complaints on their merits if any are filed against a doctor for providing "aid-in-dying."
    
Montanans Against Assisted Suicide says it wants the board to revoke that policy, saying it appears to condone a procedure they argue is illegal. The board rejected the request Friday, potentially paving the way for opponents to sue.
    
The Montana Supreme Court in 2009 declared nothing in state law or precedent makes the procedure illegal. The Legislature has been unable to provide any further clarity.