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The second reading in the House of Lords of a private members Bill on assisted suicide is set to take place. The Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill proposes to make it legal for doctors to prescribe drugs to a terminally ill person in order for them to take their own life.

The Bill was put forward for consideration by the former human rights lawyer, Lord Joffe.

The Bill is scheduled to be up for a public reading on 12 May. At that time the Bill will pass through without a vote taking place, and will be put forward before the committee stage, where it will be considered by the House of Lords.

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