Wed., February 22, 2012 3:00pm (EST)

House Tweaks Assisted Suicide Bill
By Jade Lundy
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
The state House of representatives proposed a change Tuesday to Georgia's assisted suicide law. (Photo By: FLC via Flickr)
The state House of representatives proposed a change Tuesday to Georgia's assisted suicide law. (Photo By: FLC via Flickr)
The state House of Representatives proposed a change Tuesday to Georgia's assisted suicide law.

The new bill seeks felony punishment for anyone who knowingly and willfully assists someone in taking their life.

This is different from the state's previous law which only punished those who offered to help someone commit suicide.

Sentencing for this crime would be up to 10 years in prison.

The idea to modify Georgia's assisted suicide law came after the Georgia Supreme Court dismissed charges against the Final Exit Network.

The network was charged with helping a cancer-stricken Georgia man commit suicide.

The court ruled Georgia's existing statute violates free speech.