In a startling rebuke to opponents of MAID, the state Senate rejected by a surprisingly wide margin 27-22 in the majority GOP upper chamber. The bill had easily passed in the House and had advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee. Expectations were that it would pass in the full Senate, where Democratic Governor Steve Bullock was expected to veto the measure. But if ever there was proof that a libertarian streak runs long and wide in the Big Sky State, it was today’s vote to preserve a personal right first recognized by the state Supreme Court in Baxter v Montana, decided Dec 31, 2009.
Ed Tiryakian, J.D., MBA, founded Dying Right NC in 2015 and is its Executive Director. He previously worked in international banking in Asia before retiring to his native NC.He believes End of Life issues are one of society’s most pressing challenges as we all live longer and the medicalization of the dying process continues to conflict with the individual’s right to choose his or her end.