A bill to prevent assisted suicide was introduced in response to a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that struck down a poorly written law that prevented advertising assisted suicide. The Georgia Supreme Court was correct to strike down the previous bill as an affront to free speech.
Smith stated that Bill HB 1114 proposes to do the following:
(3) ‘Suicide’ means the intentional and willful termination of one’s own life. (b) Any person who knowingly and willfully assists another person in the commission of such person’s suicide shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.
(c) The provisions of this Code section shall not apply to any otherwise lawful withholding or withdrawal of medical or health care treatment pursuant to, without limitation, a living will, a durable power of attorney for health care, an advance directive for health care, a Physician Order for Life-sustaining Treatment developed pursuant to subsection (l) of Code 36 Section 29-4-18, or a written order not to resuscitate.Smith stated that HB 1114 also permits survivors to sue the person who breaks the law. Smith pointed out that the bill states:
a) The decedent’s surviving spouse, child or children, either minor or sui juris, parent, sibling, or guardian appointed pursuant to Title 29, or the administrator or executor of the decedent, may recover for the homicide of the decedent the full value of the life of the decedent, as shown by the evidence, and for the funeral, medical, and other necessary expenses resulting from the injury and death of the deceased person.When the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the previous poorly written law I suggested that a bill would soon be introduced to protect Georgia citizens from assisted suicide. I hope this bill passes.