Arizona Bill Tackles Assisted Suicide

February 14, 2014

(Photo courtesy of the Arizona State Legislature)
Rep. Justin Pierce sponsored the bill.

PHOENIX (AP) — A House committee has approved an Arizona bill that aims to help attorneys prosecute people who assist in suicides.

House Bill 2565 defines assisting in a suicide as offering and providing the physical means used to commit suicide, such as a gun. Rep. Justin Pierce sponsored the bill. The Republican from Mesa says that will help attorneys successfully prosecute manslaughter cases involving assisted suicide.

Two of four members of a Georgia-based right-to-die group called Final Exit Network were acquitted of manslaughter charges in 2011 in an Arizona case. Final Exit Network attorney Robert Rivas said the bill actually narrows the definition of assisted suicide, making it harder to prosecute.