H. R. 853
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 4, 2009
Mr. Herger (for himself, Mr. Matheson, Ms. Bordallo, and Mrs. Myrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the use of interstate commerce for suicide promotion.
This Act may be cited as the
Suzanne Gonzales Suicide Prevention
Act of 2009.
Prohibition on the use of Interstate commerce for suicide promotion
Chapter 51 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1122 the following:
Interstate suicide promotion
Whoever knowingly uses any facility of interstate or foreign commerce with intent—
to teach a particular person how to commit suicide, knowing that the person so taught is likely to use that teaching to commit suicide; or
to provide a particular person with material support or resources to help such person commit suicide, knowing that the person is likely to use the support to commit suicide;
As used in this section—
the term teach a particular person how to commit suicide means supplying information, that is not generally known, to a particular person who the provider knows is contemplating suicide, with the intent of making that person’s suicide attempt easier to accomplish or more likely to succeed;
the term material support with respect to helping a person commit suicide means any property, tangible or intangible, or service that is reasonably capable of substantially assisting a person to commit suicide, with the intent of making that person’s suicide attempt easier to accomplish or more likely to succeed; and
the term State includes the District of Columbia and any other commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
Nothing in this section—
supersedes the authority of a State to enact laws relating to suicide or assistance to suicide within its territory; or
prohibits the use of a facility of interstate or foreign commerce to supply information or material support to a recipient acting in accordance with the law of the State in which the recipient resides.
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 51 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1122 the following new item:
1123. Interstate suicide promotion.