Final Exit Network Sues Minnesota

Final Exit Network is a Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a stated mission to "provide information, education, counseling, and emotional support to persons who are competent, suffering intolerably, and who make an informed choice to hasten their deaths." This week, FEN brought a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its 2015 conviction and the state assisted suicide statute. Specifically, FEN contends that it "was convicted not for any physical assistance in a suicide, nor for providing the means, but for solely for uttering 'speech' that 'enables' a 'suicide.'" "The existence of the conviction on the FEN's record causes direct, immediate, and ongoing prejudice under a number of state and federal laws."  Therefore, "FEN seeks a declaratory judgment that Minnesota violates its First Amendment-protected right to freedom of speech by making it a crime to utter 'speech'…

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