Tuesday, July 7, 2009

House of Lords defeats assisted dying bill

via BBC News:

A move to make it legal to help a terminally ill person to die has been defeated in the House of Lords.

The measure would have removed the threat of prosecution from those who go abroad to help an "assisted suicide".

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The Care Not Killing Alliance, an umbrella group of doctors and organisations opposed to changing the law, labelled the amendment "dangerous".

They argued it runs the risk of vulnerable people being pushed into going to clinics like Dignitas against their will.



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