Physicians in Montana could be facing "kill-on-demand" orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge's opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.
The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.
The concern is over the attack on doctors' ethics and religious beliefs â€“ as well as the Hippocratic oath â€“ that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person's death....
In the UK a doctor is under obligation either to perform an abortion himself or, if he refuses to do so, to refer the patient to someone who will (see "Guidelines for doctors 0-18 years", issued by the General Medical Council, London, UK, 2007). Only a matter of time till they get round to killing on demand?