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Montana Legislature: Legal limbo likely to continue on physician-assisted suicide
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Montana Legislature: Legal limbo likely to continue on physician-assisted suicide

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HELENA - Montana legislators had been asked to choose between two paths in creating a physician-assisted suicide law: Ban the practice completely, or else create regulations for doctors and terminally ill patients to follow.

Now it appears they'll do neither.

Both bills were tabled in committee this week, all but killing the measures for the 2011 session.

Either measure could be brought back this session. But Sen. Anders Blewett, the sponsor of the bill that would have created standards and regulations, says he believes that is highly unlikely.

That leaves the state in the legal limbo that has existed since a Montana Supreme Court ruling effectively legalized the practice more than a year ago.

The court ruled in 2009 there is nothing in state law that prohibits physician-assisted suicide.

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