England and Wales have moved a step closer to legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide with the publication of a House of Lords select committee report on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill bill. Now that an election has been called for May 5, there will be no debate in Parliament, but the report suggests a debate early in the next session. Members of the committee visited Oregon, the Netherlands and Switzerland and heard from more than 140 witnesses. The were divided on whether the law should be changed, but they did recommend that a future bill should be considered by a committee of the whole house.
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