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The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state’s law banning people from advertising assistance for suicides violates free speech rights.
The court unanimously struck down the 1994 law on the grounds that it “restricts speech in violation of the free speech clauses” found in the U.S. and Georgia constitutions, according to The Associated Press.
In his majority opinion, Justice Hugh Thompson said that lawmakers could have chosen an outright ban, but instead chose to only restrict advertisements for suicide assistance.
Originally posted by charles1952
Yes, you're right. The state legislature could pass a law banning assisted suicide. I would presume that advertising for a then illegal procedure would be found to be illegal.
But remember, there is no problem banning cigarette commercials from television, and restricting it in many other ways, so there is some line-drawing being done.