URGENT call to action: Decriminalize Suicide in Virginia- Updated 2/3/2020
HB 1063– Delegate Kaye Kory has introduced house bill 1063 “A Bill to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 18.2-16.1, relating to “abolishing the common-law crime of suicide in Virginia.”
It went to the court of justice subcommittee, then civil subcommittee, now back to the court of justice full committee, Wed. Feb 5 in the afternoon. Please do the following quick and easy action items.
- Don’t know who your delegate is? Look it up here.
- Choose your delegate in this list of subcommittee members who will hear the bill. Or choose a member of the committee. Email your support to your delegate or a delegate using the template below.
Suicide is a death of despair and a public health issue often the result of mental illness, physical illness, trauma, or adverse personal circumstances. Depression and suicide are public health issues, not crimes. Suicide as a crime is an antiquated, stigmatizing and outdated law from the 1400s England and criminalizing serves as an impediment to those seeking help. Please support the abolishment of this bill.
This bill is not to be confused with “assisted suicide” bills. Please feel free to personalize your emails/calls with your own experiences of attempted suicide or the loss of loved ones to suicide.
- The full bill is here and it includes an added amendment that allows police officers the opportunity to investigate.
- This is a bill that has previously been buried in subcommittee and thwarted by those who inaccurately link it to assisted suicide, which is codified in a separate section of Virginia law
- Gov. Northam has two reforms One of which is criminal justice and the second a focus on the prevention of suicide by servicemen. Support of this bill should be an integral part of his reforms.