Mont. court may decide if assisted suicide is a right

A case now making its way to Montana’s highest court concerns the matter of Robert Baxter, who died of lymphocytic leukemia, the New York Times reports.

The issue is whether or not physician-assisted suicide is a protected right under a state constitution. Montana’s consitution holds that “the dignity of the human being is inviolable,” and the court has often interpreted this as an extensive right of privacy.

If the court rules in the case, it will be the first decision that tests whether or not the right to die is a protected personal liberty under a state consitution.

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