Daily Dose of Ingersoll

The law we have in this State making it a crime to attempt
suicide is cruel and absurd and calculated to increase the number
of successful suicides. When a man has suffered so much, when he
has been so persecuted and pursued by disaster that he seeks the
rest and sleep of death, why should the State add to the sufferings
of that man? A man seeking death, knowing that he will be punished
if he fails, will take extra pains and precautions to make death

This law was born of superstition, passed by thoughtlessness
and enforced by ignorance and cruelty.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Is Suicide a Sin?” (1894)