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 July 31, 2009  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Families who help terminally ill relatives to end their lives will be free from the risk of prosecution after a landmark ruling yesterday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is to rush out urgent guidance to clarify the law after Debbie Purdy, a multiple sclerosis sufferer, won an historic judgment from the House of Lords.

The guidance will not remove the offence of assisted suicide under the Suicide Act 1961 but make the situation clearer for people who help relatives to die in circumstances of “compassionate” assisted suicide.

Read more in The Times Online.

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