'Conrad's Law,' inspired by Michelle Carter case, would outlaw coerced suicide in Massachusetts
The bill is named for Conrad Roy, 18, who killed himself at the urging of his girlfriend Michelle Carter. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Michelle Carter appears in Taunton District Court in Taunton, Massachusetts on Feb. 11, 2019, for a hearing on her prison sentence as lawyer Joe Cataldo speaks at the podium.Mark Stockwell / he Sun Chronicle via AP, Pool file
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The proposed law by state Sen. Barry Finegold and Rep. Natalie Higgins, both Democrats, would make it a crime, punishable by up to five years, for anyone who "intentionally coerces or encourages" a suicide or suicide attempt.
Roy was 18 when he sat in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, inhaling deadly fumes from a generator running in the vehicle on July 13, 2014.
Police found text messages to Roy from Carter, his then 17-year-old girlfriend, berating him every time he expressed second thoughts about suicide.
"You keep pushing it off and say you'll do it but u never do. It's always gonna be that way if u don't take action," Carter texted him on the day he died.