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UK sets historic step towards assisted dying law

This week, March 27, 2012 the UK Parliament held an historic debate, in which MPs gave unanimous backing to Director of Public Prosecutions’ policy on assisted suicide.

DiD reports that “…this – for the first time ever –  brings recognition that Parliament does not want a blanket approach to prosecution in cases of assisted suicide. MPs now accept that, in certain circumstances, people who compassionately assist a loved one to die at their request should not be punished.” “The DPP’s policy is the best we can hope for under the current law but it is by no means a substitute for a proper assisted dying law. We will be continuing to work hard, with you, to ensure a safeguarded assisted dying law in the UK.”

You can read the official transcript of the debate on the Parliament website.