United States Code
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Findings and purpose
Congress finds the following:
The Federal Government provides financial support for the provision of and payment for health care services, as well as for advocacy activities to protect the rights of individuals.
Assisted suicide, euthanasia, and mercy killing have been criminal offenses throughout the United States and, under current law, it would be unlawful to provide services in support of such illegal activities.
Because of recent legal developments, it may become lawful in areas of the United States to furnish services in support of such activities.
Congress is not providing Federal financial assistance in support of assisted suicide, euthanasia, and mercy killing and intends that Federal funds not be used to promote such activities.
It is the principal purpose of this chapter to continue current Federal policy by providing explicitly that Federal funds may not be used to pay for items and services (including assistance) the purpose of which is to cause (or assist in causing) the suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing of any individual.
(Pub. L. 105–12, § 2,
Apr. 30, 1997, 111 Stat. 23.)
cite as: 42 USC 14401