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Georgia Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia is the intentional act of killing someone who no longer wishes to live, such as a terminally ill patient in a great deal of pain, often through physician-assisted suicide. In Georgia, euthanasia laws expressly forbid this type of an act. However, the state does permit the natural process of dying (as opposed to artificial life support) if it is pursuant to a patient's living will.

Learn more about Georgia euthanasia law (which prohibits the act) in the following table.

Code Section 31-32-9; 31-32-11
Euthanasia Condoned in Statutes? Mercy killing is not condoned, authorized, or approved nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission permitted to end life other than to permit the process of dying.
Effect of Withholding of Life-Sustaining Procedures The making of a living will pursuant to this chapter shall not for any purpose constitute a suicide.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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