Georgia: Ill Woman Challenges Assisted Suicide Law

Description: [of the article from the Courthouse News Service]

ATLANTA (CN) - A woman with Huntington's disease and two members of the Final Exit Network challenged the constitutionality of Georgia's in "Offering to Assist in Suicide Statute" in Federal Court. Pointing out that neither suicide nor attempted suicide are illegal in Georgia, they call the law an overbroad and vague "viewpoint-based restriction on speech" that is not narrowly tailored to achieve government interest.

The Georgia Offering to Assist Suicide Statute (O.C.G.A. 16-5-5) states: "Any person who publicly advertises, offers or holds himself or herself out as offering that he or she will intentionally and actively assist another person in the commission of suicide and commits any overt act to further that purpose is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years."

Plaintiff Susan Caldwell, who suffers from Huntington's disease, which is hereditary, sued Gov. Sonny Perdue and Attorney General Thurbert Baker. Her co-plaintiffs, Fran Schindler and Jim Chastain, are "senior exit guides" with the Final Exit Network, a national volunteer organization that "advocates for and raises awareness of the basic right for a person to end his or her life when suffering from fatal or irreversible illness or intractable pain that has become more than they can bear."

They add that exit guides "do not buy any materials, encourage any individual to end his or her life, initiate the death procedure or physically assist in any way in the death procedure."

[Note: The full court filing is available at]

[There is information in the Notes section below.]


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Holness, Jacqueline J. "Ill Woman Challenges Assisted Suicide Law". Courthouse News Service. Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Last Update: 9:27 AM PT. <>. Courthouse News Service. 30 N Raymond Ave Ste 310. Pasadena, CA 91103, U.S.A.


Tags (or keywords) briefly indicate some major topics of the report.

  • Final Exit Network

  • free speech

  • assisted suicide

  • Georgia

  • U.S.A.

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    From the publisher's site: Do be careful What You Wish For. The divide between personal ethics and the law is often slippery, as everyone learns in this medical/legal drama played out in California wine country.

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    Dying With Dignity Canada is selling author's signed copies of Susan Bracken's romance / adventure novel "A Courageous Battle" from the Toronto office for $20 including shipping.
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  • Other stories on the Pending Advisories page include:

    • Britain: Purdy: Lords ruling on suicide gave me new life

    • Britain: No charges in 20 assisted-suicide cases

    • Britain: Melksham man gives evidence to assisted dying inquiry

    • Britain: Man reveals daily agony to assisted suicide hearing

    • Britain: Leslie Crowther's brother fights for life after suspected mercy killing of wife

    • South Korea: 500 elderly refuse life-support treatment

    • South Korea: Seminar at hospital focuses on right to die

    • Exit International gets a gift from Singaporean


The EuthaNEWSia ID for this advisory is: enid201012153655.
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