Suicide is not a crime in Virginia makes it past first hurdle

suicide is not a crime in virginia team
The team with Delegate Kory. From left Anne Moss Rogers, Andrea Walker, Rob Krupicka, Kaye Kory, Sharon Webster

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.

Next steps

  1. Don’t know who your delegate is? Look it up here.
  2. 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 Suicide as a crime is an antiquated, stigmatizing and outdated law from the 1400s England and criminalizing serves as an impediment to those seeking help.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.  

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

6 thoughts on “Suicide is not a crime in Virginia makes it past first hurdle”

  1. Holy @#$×! I had NO idea suicide was considered a crime in our or any state. What an assbackward way of thinking!! I also did not know that grandparents have NO visitation rights in our state. Last night Senator Dunnavant presented…I spoke to amend when relationship is severed by death. They voted 13/2 as YES. Maybe, just maybe one day soon I will be able to see Kyle Jr again.

    1. Deborah I wondered how that went. Thank you for being there on behalf of all grandparents. That is fabulous.

      And the “suicide is a crime” law is from the 1400s! And it has no statutes. The argument against removing it was from the catholic charities who argued that removing the law would give people permission to kill themselves.

    2. We are in the process of trying to get a bill introduced to clarify the “harm” standard with grandparent visitation rights in VA. Following our son’s tragic suicide nearly three years ago, we have not been permitted to see our precious grandchildren, with whom we’ve shared very close relationships since their birth. We petitioned the court, and have been in proceedings since. One of the challenges we’ve faced is the lack of clarity in the “harm” standard in VA.

      1. I am so sorry. I have been hearing about the issue and if you’d like to write a post about it you might get some traction. This site reaches one thousand per day. I hope you can work out the technicalities of “harm” so you can see your grand babies again. Fried ya I give a presentation to a bereavement coalition and I have it in my speech to mention this issue after a Suicide. It’s way too common

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