The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state law banning people from publicly advertising to help with assisted suicide.
The action puts the elderly and people with disabilities in “grave danger,” a national pro-life leader fears.
The 1994 law did not prohibit assisted suicides, but it made it a felony for those who promote that they could assist with a suicide. The court said the law violated free speech rights.
The law was meant to discourage assisted suicide during the time when Dr. Jack Kevorkian was promoting his role in assisting in the deaths of more than 100 people.
Physician-assisted suicide was approved by voters in Washington state in 2008. It also is legal in Oregon, where voters approved it in 1994, and Montana, where a state court has ruled it is not against public policy.
The U.S. bishops call assisted suicide a “terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent.”