Euthanasia group seeks legal clarity after two suicides

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society has called on the Government to clarify the law on assisting suicide following the news that two more Britons have travelled to Switzerland to end their lives.

A British couple suffering from chronic, but non-terminal, illnesses died last week at a flat in Zurich run by Swiss voluntary euthanasia charity Dignitas.

"We're looking for clarification, because a lack of guidelines means people are going overseas where we can't be sure if they made a free choice," said society spokesperson Tamora Langley.

Last week, the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights concluded that the patients (assisted dying) bill, currently being steered through the House of Lords, is compatible with the European Convention of Human Rights. The bill would allow a terminally ill adult to request medical assistance to die.

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