Britain unveils new euthanasia guidelines

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Britain’s director of public prosecutions (DPP) has released a new framework on how assisted suicide cases should be tried.

The catalyst for the policy review was the case of 46-year-old multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy.

The House of Lords agreed Ms. Purdy deserved to know under which circumstances her husband could be prosecuted if he went with her to Switzerland to end her life.

Now the DPP has released the factors that will weigh in favour of, or against, prosecution in assisted suicide cases in England and Wales.

One of the factors that could justify a prosecution was a situation in which the person who assisted a suicide stood to gain financially from the death.

Full story: Britain unveils new euthanasia guidelines – Australian Broadcasting Corporation