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German parliament opens debate on assisted suicide

6 July 2015

German MPs are aiming to pass assisted suicide legislation by November

A debate began at the Bundestag on Thursday 2 July discussing assisted suicide, during which four draft bills were heard.

Renate Künast of the Greens and Petra Sitte of the Left party put forward a bill which would give the 'right' to die to "any responsible adult who has been counselled by a doctor". Patrick Sensberg of the Christian Democrats presented a draft that "sought to criminalize any sort of assisted suicide". Michael Brand of the Christian Democrats and Kerstin Griese of the Social Democratic Party presented the most popular draft which sought a middle ground.

The aim is to pass legislation by November. [Deutsche Welle, 2 July]

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