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The Aging Network

Information Memoranda

June 12, 1997

INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

AoA-IM-97-11

TO: STATE AND AREA AGENCIES ON AGING AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLES III AND VI OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED

SUBJECT: President's Signing of the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997

LEGAL AND RELATED REFERENCES: Public Law 105-12, the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997

On April 30, 1997, the President signed into law H.R. 1003, the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997. The legislation essentially reaffirms current federal policy prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing. For your information, we are providing a copy of the President's statement and a copy of P.L. 105-12.

Of particular interest is Section 5(a)(3) of the Act which also prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for advocacy in support of legal protection for these activities. More specifically, it states that, "taxpayer funds will not be used to subsidize legal assistance or other forms of advocacy in support of legal protection for assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing." The President's statement goes on to say that these restrictions do not include forums for the free exchange of ideas on these matters, nor does it impose restrictions on the use of nonfederal funds.

INQUIRIES: Inquiries should be addressed to Regional Administrators on Aging, DHHS Regional Offices.

William F. Benson
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Aging




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