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Protections sought for assisted suicide

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LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- A former British Chancellor of the Exchequer says he will push to end threats of prosecution against family members of assisted suicide patients.

Although family members of terminally ill patients who go from Britain to Switzerland to carry out assisted suicides have generally not been prosecuted, they are frequently subjected to distressing police questioning -- something that Charles Falconer told Tuesday's Times of London he wants to change with new legislation.

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"It is time now for the law to catch up with the reality of actual practice in this situation," said Falconer, who says he will introduce an amendment to the country's Coroners and Justice Bill, set to be debated in the House of Lords this week, to remove the threat of prosecution in such cases.

The measure would require that two doctors certify patients are indeed terminally ill, thus ensuring they are not being pressured into suicide, and would demand that patients who want to end their lives declare their intentions before independent witness, The Times reported.

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