Suicide is still a common-law crime in Virginia-2.19.2020

Steve Mittendorff testifying in favor of abolishing this law in memory of his deceased wife, Nicole Mittendorff

HB1063-2.19.2020-After 25 hours, and a $100 worth of parking fees, not to mention lost wages since I’m self-employed, our team met defeat yet again. I had been there for about 2.5 hours but I had to leave for a speaking engagement.

My argument was that no matter what you think about suicide, it’s declared a public health issue by the National Institutes of Health, The Department of Defense and the World Health Organization. If they see it as a health issue, then … Read more...

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 … Read more...

Sadly, 2018 Virginia Legislature voted to keep law that states suicide is a crime

Here is the latest on this in 2020, now called HB 1063.

Group that went to the General Assembly to eradicate that old law

HB 42 Suicide; abolishes common-law crime.
Introduced by: Kaye Kory in Subcommittee

Summary as introduced:
Abolish the common-law crime of suicide. Suicide is currently a common-law crime in Virginia, although there is no statutorily prescribed punishment.

Currently, there is no state that by statute makes the completion of suicide a crime and the majority of states have gradually repealed the common … Read more...