Peers consider plan to amend UK law over assisted suicide abroad

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 21 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2081
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Parliamentarians will make a new attempt next month to amend the law to give protection from prosecution to friends and family members who help a terminally ill person travel outside the United Kingdom for assisted suicide.

    The former health secretary Patricia Hewitt put down an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill when it was going through the House of Commons in March but, because of government timetabling, the time for debate ran out and the amendment was never reached.

    Now peers plan to table a similar amendment to the bill for …

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