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Oklahoma Laws on Assisted Suicide
Oklahoma Statutes Sections 21-817, 21-818, and 63-3141.1


§21 817.  Aiding suicide a felony.

Any person guilty of aiding suicide shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for not less than seven (7) years.


§21-818.  Aiding an attempt at suicide a felony.

Every person guilty of aiding an attempt at suicide shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding two (2) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or both.


§63-3141.1.

A. Sections 1 through 8 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Assisted Suicide Prevention Act".

B. It is the intent of the Oklahoma Legislature to protect vulnerable persons from suicide, to reduce the cost to taxpayers of enforcing the assisted-suicide laws by promoting civil enforcement and providing for reimbursement of attorney fees by those found to be violating the law.

As used in the Assisted Suicide Prevention Act:

1. "Licensed health care professional" means a physician and surgeon, podiatrist, osteopath, osteopathic physician and surgeon, physician assistant, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist; and

2. "Suicide" means the act or instance of intentionally taking one's own life.

A person violates the Assisted Suicide Prevention Act when the person, with the purpose of assisting another person to commit or to attempt to commit suicide, knowingly either:

1. Provides the physical means by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide; or

2. Participates in a physical act by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide.

A. A licensed health care professional who administers, prescribes, or dispenses medications or procedures for the purpose of alleviating pain or discomfort, even if their use may increase the risk of death, shall not be deemed to have violated Section 3 of this act or Section 813 or 814 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes so long as such medications or procedures are not also furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of assisting in causing, death for any reason.

B. A licensed health care professional who withholds or withdraws a medically administered, life-sustaining procedure does not violate Section 3 of this act or Sections 813 or 814 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

C. This section shall not be construed to affect the duty of care or the legal requirements concerning acts or omissions under subsections A or B of this section.



Source: Oklahoma State Legislature, "Oklahoma Statutes," www.oklegislature.gov (accessed Nov. 8, 2012)