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Germany’s Bundestag has been presented with two draft bills aimed at expanding suicide help for patients with no hope of recovery. The right to die has been a hotly debated topic across Europe in recent years.

Germany inched ever closer to joining its neighbor Belgium in allowing active assisted suicide on Tuesday as two new draft bills were presented to the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, ahead of a debate on the subject in July.
Terminally ill people could soon be legally allowed to choose when to die thanks to landmark legislation being put before Parliament [in England].

Rob Marris, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West, today announced he will introduce a Private Member’s Bill on assisted dying after coming top in the ballot for backbench legislation.

The decision to put forward the Bill comes just weeks after a British man travelled to the Swiss suicide clinic Dignitas to take his own life after being told inoperable tumour on his spine could lead to him being paralysed – although he was not being terminally ill.

The Bill will be almost identical to the one which was discussed by the House of Lords last year, spearheaded by Labour peer Lord Falconer.

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