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Assisted Dying - The law

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Mercy or Murder?

Should the law be changed to permit people to be helped to die? Or will that lead to abuse?

It's complicated

Individual cases which show how difficult it will be to produce a law that safeguards everyone yet helps those who are desperate.

Nurses helped my Gran to die

Personal account: Dr Max Pemberton says it's normal and compassionate - but not legal - to help people facing death

Child euthanasia in Belgium: World first as doctors are allowed to help children with terminal illness

Belgium has become the first country in the world to allow euthanasia for any age group. Is extending this right a step forward or is it unnecessary and dangerous?

We should all have the same right to die as Cody Curtis

Three American states allow people with a terminal illness the right to be given help to end their lives. Should we have the same laws in the UK?

Supporting the right to die always runs the risk of diminishing the right to live

A mother killed her brain-damaged, comatose son because she couldn't bear to see him suffer. Did she have the right to choose for him?

Assisted dying: doctors' views

Assisting another person's death is against UK law. What do doctors think about proposed changes?

Assisted dying: public opinion

Views on a proposed law which would allow terminally ill adults to end their life

Life and death decisions with a disabled child

'Do I love her? With all my heart. When she dies will it be a relief? Without question', says the mother of a disabled daughter

Why preserve a life with no meaning?

A leading rabbi describes his wife's painful decline and how he felt sure he should help her to die

I longed for death in the dungeons of Beirut

Terry Waite believes that however much we claim assisted suicide is an act of compassion, it contradicts the basic commandment