Assisting in another person's suicide would be become a felony crime in Georgia punishable by up to a decade in prison under legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate. The legislation responds to a state Supreme Court ruling in February that struck down a 1994 law banning people from publicly advertising suicide.
A state House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would make it a felony to help someone commit suicide. The bill follows a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that struck down an existing assisted suicide law.
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.
Georgia's top court on Monday struck down a state law designed to discourage assisted suicides after a legal battle brought by four members of a suicide group who said it also violated free speech rights.
The Final Exit Network claims Georgia’s statute against assisted suicide is unconstitutionally vague and violates free speech. State law makes it a felony to “commit any overt act” to further the purpose of suicide.