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Suzanne's father Mike believes the site is to blame for discouraging alternatives to suicide. "They could have prevented it," he says. "They preach that if you're suffering from depression and are in pain that you're going to be in pain and suffer for the rest of your life. So why prolong it?"

Some might argue that Suzanne made the decision to visit the website of her own free will and therefore her family has no grounds to complain. Mike argues that the "pro-choice" website should really be called "pro-suicide. "Their philosophy is that suicide is the only option that you have," he says.

Suzanne's family is committed to changing laws so that they catch up with technology. They're working with congressional and state representatives. Their goal, Mike says, is to "have the laws changed so that individuals are held accountable and responsible for the harm and damage they do by manipulating vulnerable people."
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FROM: The Bank-Robbing Dad and the Shocked Sons Who Turned Him In
Published on January 25, 2006

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