Four individuals who were part of an assisted suicide group have been arrested.
Wired PR News.com – Four members of an assisted suicide organization have been arrested. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the individuals were part of the Final Exit Network, and speculated to have possibly assisted with an estimated 200 suicides across the nation.
Membership to the Network costs $50 and comes with “exist guides” or instructions for self suffocation. The four people arrested include the organization’s president and medical director, who were alleged to have assisted John Celmer, 58, with dying last June.
The Georgia based group claims they do not actively assist with suicides, but offer guidance and support for individuals who choose to end their lives. Jerry Dincin, vice president of the Final Exit Network, is quoted in the report as stating, “We’re just there to help… People insist upon it. They want to do what they want to do. They’re suffering, and if they have intolerable pain, then they want to sometimes get out of that intolerable pain.”
However, authorities in Georgia say the group’s actions are criminal. John Bankhead, a spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is quoted as stating, “The law is very clear, and they clearly violated it.”