In 2009, Montana was caught up in a heated national debate over whether terminally ill patients could expedite their deaths by taking lethal, physician-prescribed medication. More than a decade later, the state is still mired in disagreement about medical aid in dying, in part because courts and elected lawmakers have sidestepped the political hot-potato. Meanwhile, individual Montanans are confronting profound and personal questions about death in their own ways — including whether “good” deaths are even possible.
This episode includes descriptions of death and dying, including mentions of suicide that may be upsetting to some listeners.
Read former Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson’s reflection on the Baxter decision here.
Watch one of the Montana Legislature’s 2021 hearings on a bill to prohibit medical aid in dying here.
Nick Mott A quick warning before we start this episode includes descriptions of death and dying, including mentions of suicide that may be upsetting to some listeners.