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Assisted Suicide in Germany still formally legal

The Bill criminalizing commercial (a compromise from the governing coalition) assistance with suicide, on which Merkel’s cabinet already reached an agreement, will not make it to the Parliament (Bundestag) as originally foreseen for the end of January. The debate has been postponed for an unidentified time. This implies that – for the time being and in cases of voluntary or terminal conditions – assisted suicide, contrary to wide spread misconceptions, will stay legal in Germany for anybody (doctors included!).

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