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Posted: February 28, 2012 4:01 p.m.

Ga. considers assisted suicide bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The widow of a man who prosecutors say died with help from members of a group known as the Final Exit Network has testified in a favor of a bill aimed at outlawing assisted suicide in Georgia.

WSB Radio reports (http://bit.ly/y7ihbQ) that a House committee is expected to vote Tuesday on the bill, which would make it a felony to knowingly participate in assisted suicide.

Susan Celmer told lawmakers her husband John could be living a productive life if it wasn't cut short. She testified this week before the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, saying her husband was on powerful medications that prevented him from making a rational decision about ending his life.

Prosecutors say group members helped John Celmer use an "exit hood" connected to a helium tank to kill himself.

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