In 2020, we commemorate a decade of medical aid in dying in Montana and continue to empower Montanans to chart their own end-of-life journey.

Compassion & Choices works to educate Montanans, including health care professionals and health systems administrators, to ensure access to the full range of end-of-life care options and promote institutional policies that allow eligible patients to access medical aid in dying if they choose.

Information on end-of-life care in Montana, including the option of medical aid in dying, is available at our Plan Your Care Resource Center.

Compassion & Choices was instrumental in establishing Montana as the first state to authorize medical aid in dying through a court challenge.

Medical aid in dying is authorized in Montana as a result of the Montana Supreme Court’s 2009 ruling in Baxter v. Montana — a case brought by Compassion & Choices and four Montana doctors — which affirmed that terminally ill adults may choose medical aid in dying under state law and that it is lawful for Montana physicians to participate in the practice.

While we have successfully defended access to medical aid in dying in Montana since 2009, we still need your help to protect the Baxter ruling. Let us know if you can volunteer to protect access to medical aid in dying in Montana.

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