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Scotland is edging towards enacting legislation that will give dying patients the right to end their lives.

The SNP has pledged, if re-elected, to set up a citizen’s assembly representing a cross-section of society to look at legalizing assisted dying. The Scottish Greens, who may form a coalition government with the SNP after May’s election, are already committed to introducing “safe and compassionate laws that allow terminally ill adults the right to an assisted death when the time is right for them”.

Polling indicates that the vast majority of voters in Scotland support changing the law to be more like Switzerland and the ten US states where assisted dying is allowed.

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