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Humanists UK comment on peers backing Assisted Dying Bill

Plans to allow doctors to help terminally ill adults end their lives moved closer to becoming law today, after a new Assisted Dying Bill passed its second reading in the House of Lords. Humanists UK, which campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering, has praised today’s debate for its… Read more »

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Comment: We need legislation, not guidance

The director of public prosecutions should never have been put in this position. Parliament is abstaining from its responsibility. By Ian Dunt Today’s new guidance on assisted dying is a step in the right direction, but until we change the law in this country we won’t have a satisfactory resolution to the ugliness which can… Read more »

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New assisted dying policy in full

Read prosecutors’ new factors for and against prosecution in assisted dying cases here. After a lengthy consultation exercise in which nearly 5,000 responses were received, the Crown Prosecution Service will now only carry out prosecutions against those who assist people’s suicide when the ‘public interest’ requirement is satisfied. Deciding this has been met depends on… Read more »