2020 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 2 - Offenses Against the Person
Chapter 10 - Homicide
§ 5-10-106. Physician-assisted suicide

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-10-106 (2020)
  1. (a)

    1. (1) As used in this section, “physician-assisted suicide” means a physician or healthcare provider participating in a medical procedure or knowingly prescribing any drug, compound, or substance for the express purpose of assisting a patient to intentionally end the patient's life.

    2. (2) However, “physician-assisted suicide” does not apply to a person participating in the execution of a person sentenced by a court to death by lethal injection.

  2. (b) It is unlawful for a physician or healthcare provider to commit the offense of physician-assisted suicide by:

    1. (1) Prescribing any drug, compound, or substance to a patient with the express purpose of assisting the patient to intentionally end the patient's life; or

    2. (2) Assisting in any medical procedure for the express purpose of assisting a patient to intentionally end the patient's life.

  3. (c) Physician-assisted suicide is a Class B felony.

  4. (d) This section does not prohibit a:

    1. (1) Physician or healthcare provider from carrying out an advanced directive or living will; or

    2. (2) Physician from prescribing any drug, compound, or substance for the specific purpose of pain relief.

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