Ga. Woman Sues to Overturn Assisted Suicide Law

Saturday, 18 Dec 2010 01:19 PM

 

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ATLANTA (AP) — Right-to-die advocates are opening a new front in their bid to strike down Georgia's assisted suicide law.

Susan Caldwell, who has a fatal degenerative disease, claims in a federal lawsuit that the state law is vague and unconstitutional. The 43-year-old Caldwell is asking a federal judge to let a Georgia-based group assign her an "exit guide" who could hold her hand and guide her through her final hours if the pain of living becomes unbearable.

But the group, the Final Exit Network, has put its operations in the state on hold after authorities charged four members with assisting in a suicide.

Caldwell has Huntington's disease, a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. Most people die about 15 to 20 years after developing symptoms.

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