Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by sucidalgirl99, Mar 4, 2011.
What are some anti-suicide laws in other countries and what not?
If you try suicide in any country you get locked away and get a permanent record - without a trial.
If only it was merely illegal.
In the United States, nearly all suicide laws have become obsolete, and very seldom, if ever, enforced and punishable by time in jail or prison.
I believe this site discusses the issue rather well. It's a very good question.
The prisons have all been replaced with psych wards...
I think the best way of it to look at how it works is this:
Suicide is not illegal and you technically have the freedom to do it as an individual; that said if you *want* to kill yourself you're in a mentally unstable state, therefore you're not of sound mind therefore you are unable to make your own important decisions therefore you should be hospitalized to be made of sound mind again. It's not impermissible; there's no punishment. It mandates treatment however.
Catch 22. I don't necessarily agree with it (I think it can certainly be true often though) but I think that's the best way to consider the way it's legally considered.
In Scotland, suicide attempts are classed as 'breach of the peace' and as such are offences, however it is rarely used for this reason. There is no law against suicide though.