Massachusetts lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make encouraging someone into taking their own life a crime.
The bill announced Tuesday is called Conrad's Law after Conrad Roy, who at age 18 in 2014 was encouraged via phone calls and text messages by his then-girlfriend to kill himself. Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
The bill would establish a maximum of five years behind bars for anyone who "intentionally coerces or encourages" someone to kill or try to kill themselves.
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It was introduced by Democratic Sen. Barry Finegold, of Andover, and Democratic Rep. Natalie Higgins, of Leominster.
The bill includes an exemption for physician-assisted suicide, which isn't yet legal in Massachusetts.
Carter's attorney argued that her texts were protected free speech.