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Saturday, July 07, 2012

UK House of Lords rejected assisted suicide measure
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On July 7, 2009, the United Kingdom House of Lords rejected a proposed amendment that would have barred the prosecution of those who go abroad to assist others in committing suicide. The proposed provision of the Coroners and Justice Bill, which covered "acts not capable of encouraging or assisting suicide," was rejected by a 141-194 vote during a line-by-line examination of the bill. The provision would have amended the Suicide Act to provide for exceptions to the possible 14 year prison sentence imposed by the law for assisting, aiding, abetting, counseling or procuring an assisted suicide.

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