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South Dakota Law on Assisted Suicide
Any person who intentionally in any manner advises, encourages, abets, or assists another person in taking or in attempting to take his or her own life is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
S.D. Codified Laws § 22-16-37
South Dakota Senate passes resolution opposing physician-assisted suicide
(February 8, 2017)
“….[T]he Legislature strongly opposes and condemns physician-assisted suicide because the Legislature has an unqualified interest in the preservation of human life, and because anything less than a prohibition leads to foreseeable abuses and eventually to euthanasia by devaluing human life, particularly the lives of the terminally ill, elderly, disabled and depressed whose lives are of no less value or quality than any other citizen of this state…..”
Text of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 11
A measure to allow doctor-prescribed suicide will be placed on the November 2018 ballot if the sponsor obtains a sufficient number of signatures on petitions by November 2017.
The measure is entitled:
“An initiated measure authorizing a South Dakota licensed physician to prescribe drugs that a terminally ill patient may take for the purpose of ending life.”
“Spearfish woman fights for ‘Death with Dignity’ referendum”
(Washington Times — January 1, 2017)
By November 2017, supporters of the measure must gather signatures of 13,871 registered voters. If certified, the measure would appear on the November 2018 ballot.