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Germany attempts to regulate assisted suicide

Enabling euthanasia, but not promoting it: Five parliamentarians have drawn up a draft for the new regulation of assisted suicide. Under certain conditions, it should be possible to help with impunity.

Parliamentarians from the SPD, FDP, Greens, Union and Left presented a draft law in Berlin. The aim is to ensure that people who want to take their own life with the help of euthanasia associations have made this decision freely and responsibly and not because of external pressure or a mental illness.

At the same time, the leading domestic and right-wing politicians of all democratic parties want to save paragraph 217 of the German Penal Code. They are fighting not only against euthanasia associations, but possibly also against the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court.

Background

Two years ago the Federal Constitutional Court overturned the ban on commercial assisted suicide.

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