HB1114 was presented to Georgia legislature several weeks ago by Rep. Ed Setzler in response to an adverse ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court, which unanimously struck down the state’s old assisted suicide law as being unconstitutional. The Court claimed that the statute, which prohibited advertising assisted suicide services, violated one’s “freedom of speech.” Charges were then dismissed against four individuals that were to stand trial for assisting a cancer patient in taking his life in 2010. Two of the individuals were part of a group known as the “Final Exit Network.”
However, the new law passed by Georgia legislature and signed by Governor Deal now not only makes the advertisement of assisted suicide services illegal, but also any act of participation in another’s death. Offenders will now face felony charges and may spend up to ten years in prison.