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2009-04-Baxter_v_MT

2009-04-Baxter_v_MT

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AUL Amicus Brief in Baxter v. Montana. 2009
AUL Amicus Brief in Baxter v. Montana. 2009

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INTHESUPREMECOURTOFTHESTATEOFMONTANANo.DA09-0051
ROBERTBAXTER,STEVEN)STOELB,STEPHENSPECKHART,)M.D.,C.PAULLOEHNEN,M.D.,)LARAUTIO,M.D.,GEORGERISI,)JR.,M.D.,andCOMPASSION&)CHOICES,)
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DefendantsandAppellants.)PlaintiffsandAppellees,
v.
STATEOFMONTANAandSTEVEBULLOCK,
AMICUSCURIAE
BRIEFOFCOALITIONOF28BI-PARTISANMONTANALEGISLATORSINSUPPORTOFDEFENDANTS/APPELLANTSANDREVERSALOFTHEDISTRICTCOURTONAPPEALFROMTHEFIRSTJUDICIALDISTRICTCOURTLEWISANDCLARKCOUNTY,CAUSENO.ADV-2007-787JUDGEDOROTHYMCCARTERJonMetropoulos(BarNo.3334)Gough,Shanahan,Johnson"\&Waterman,PLLP33S.LastChanceGulchHelena,MT59601406.442.8560(telephone)406.442.8783(facsimile)jonmetro@gsjw.comMaileeR.Smith*AmericansUnitedforLife310S.PeoriaSt.,Suite500Chicago,IL60607312.568.4700(telephone)312.568.4747(facsimile)mailee.smith@aul.org*admitted
prohacviceCounselforAmicusCuriaeMontanaLegislators
 
MarkS.ConnellConnellLawFirmPOBox9108Missoula,MT59807-9108406.327.1517(telephone)406.327.1518(facsimile)KathrynL.Tuckerc/oCompassionandChoicesPOBox6404Portland,OR97228-6404503.525.1956(telephone)800.930.0535(facsimile)ktucker@compassionandchoices.org
CounselforPlaintiffs/Appellees
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SteveBullockAttorneyGeneralAnthonyJohnstoneSolicitorJenniferAndersAssistantAttorneyGeneralPOBox201401Helena,MT59620-1401sbullock@mt.govajohnstone@mt.govjanders@mt.gov
CounselforDefendants/Appellants
 
TABLEOFCONTENTS
TABLEOFCITATIONSiiSTATEMENTOFISSUES:PRESENTEDFORREVIEW1STATEMENTOFTHECASE1STATEMENTOFFACTS1STATEMENTOFTHESTANDARDOFREVIEW1SUMMARYOFARGUMENT1ARGUMENT2
1.
THEDECISIONTO,CREATEA"RIGHTTODIE"RESTSWITHTHELEGISLATURE-NOTADISTRICTCOURT2II.THEDISTRICTCOURTDIVERGEDFROMTHEUNANIMITYOFDECISIONSHOLDINGTHEREISNO"RIGHTTODIE"4A.Courtsinstateswithbroadconstitutionalprovisions-similartothoseinMontana-haveunanimouslyconcludedthereisnorighttoassistedsuicideandthatstateinterestsprevail5B.BoththeUSSC.<lndtheNinthCircuithavedeclared
PlannedParenthood
v.
Casey
inapplicableinthiscontext12III.MONTANA'SCOMPELLINGINTERESTSCANNOTBEMITIGATED15A.ThesecompellinginterestsareembeddedinMontana'shistoryandtradition15B.Thesecompellinginterestsarenarrowlytailoredtoprotectthevulnerableanddisabled17CONCLUSION21
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