Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Assisted Suicide Ban Act to Go Into Effect

By Margaret K. Dore
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

On May 4, 2017, Governor Kay Ivey approved "Alabama's Assisted Suicide Ban Act." The Act's legislative findings include that in almost every state, it is a crime to assist a suicide.

Per the Act, any person who deliberately assists another person to commit suicide is guilty of a Class C felony. Violators are also subject to liability for damages, actions for wrongful death and suspension or revocation of professional healthcare licenses.

The Act provides that it "shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor."

To view a copy of the Act as enrolled, click here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Legislature Passes Assisted Suicide Ban Act

Rep. Butler
During the 2017 legislative session, companion bills seeking to ban assisted suicide (SB 198 and HB 96) were introduced in the House and Senate.

HB 96, sponsored by Representative Mack Butler, was passed by both houses and sent to the the governor for signature.

To view the enrolled version, click here.