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Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act Public Law 105-12 (1997)

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Public Law 105-12
111 Stat. 23
April 30, 1997

Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997

[Excerpt amends the LSC Act to prohibit use of LSC funds for assisted suicide activities.]  

See 45 CFR Part 1643 for implementing regulations.

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SEC. 5. RESTRICTION ON USE OF FEDERAL FUNDS BY ADVOCACY PROGRAMS.

(a) In General.--Subject to section 3(b) (relating to construction and treatment of certain services), no funds appropriated by Congress may be used to assist in, to support, or to fund any activity or service which has a purpose of assisting in, or to bring suit or provide any other form of legal assistance for the purpose of-

(1) securing or funding any item, benefit, program, or service furnished for the purpose of causing, or the purpose of assisting in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of any individual;

(2) compelling any person, institution, governmental entity to provide or fund any item, benefit, program, or service for such purpose; or

(3) asserting or advocating a legal right to cause, or to assist in causing, the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of any individual.

(b) List of Programs to Which Restrictions Apply.-

(1) In general.--Subsection (a) applies to funds appropriated under or to carry out the following:

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(E) Legal assistance.--Legal assistance programs under the Legal Services Corporation Act.

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SEC. 9. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

(o) Legal Services Program.--Section 1007(b) of the Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. 2996f(b)) is amended--

(1) by striking "or" at the end of paragraph (9);

(2) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (10) and inserting "; or"; and

(3) by adding after paragraph (10) the following:

"(11) to provide legal assistance in a manner inconsistent with the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997."