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Updated Apr 23, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Bill targeting assisted suicide goes to governor

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has given final approval to a bill that aims
to make it easier to prosecute people who help someone commit suicide.

Republican Rep. Justin Pierce of Mesa says his bill will make it easier for
attorneys to prosecute people for manslaughter for assisting in suicide by more
clearly defining what it means to “assist.”

House Bill 2565 defines assisting in suicide as providing the physical means
used to commit suicide, such as a gun. The bill originally also defined assisted
suicide as “offering” the means to commit suicide, but a Senate amendment
omitted that word.

The proposal was prompted by a difficult prosecution stemming from a 2007
assisted suicide in Maricopa County.

The House approved the bill 35-19 Wednesday. It will now go to the governor’s
desk.

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