SUBPART A-2. SUICIDE
§32.12. Criminal assistance to suicide
A. Criminal assistance to suicide is:
(1) The intentional advising or encouraging of another person to
commit suicide or the providing of the physical means or the knowledge of
such means to another person for the purpose of enabling the other person to
commit or attempt to commit suicide.
(2) The intentional advising, encouraging, or assisting of another
person to commit suicide, or the participation in any physical act which causes,
aids, abets, or assists another person in committing or attempting to commit
B. For the purposes of this Section, "suicide" means the intentional and
deliberate act of taking one's own life through the performance of an act
intended to result in death.
C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any licensed
physician or other authorized licensed health care professional who either:
(1) Withholds or withdraws medical treatment in accordance with the
provisions of R.S. 40:1151.7.
(2) Prescribes, dispenses, or administers any medication, treatment, or
procedure if the intent is to relieve the patient's pain or suffering and not to
D. Whoever commits the crime of criminal assistance to suicide shall
be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years or fined
not more than ten thousand dollars, or both.
Acts 1995, No. 384, §1, eff. June 16, 1995.