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Prime Minister Gordon Brown today set himself firmly against any relaxation of the law on assisted suicide.

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A former UN medical director questioned by police after accompanying a 75-year-old woman to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland will not face prosecution for assisting in her suicide, The Independent has learnt.

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It is easy to understand why desperate and terminally ill people who choose to end their lives in a flat in Switzerland hundreds of miles from home should want the law on assisted suicide to be made crystal clear. The journey to Dignitas, a nondescript apartment in a business park in a village near Zurich, is bound to be a traumatic one and, unless relatives and friends who accompany terminal ill loved ones can make it without fear of prosecution, the experience will be made that much worse.

Setback for MS sufferer who wants husband to help her die

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Andrew Oswald: What we can learn from the Swiss

I did not expect to be living in Switzerland in the month the world's financial system splintered. This episode has reinforced in my mind the need for disinterested intellectual leaders who can offer reliable advice in a crisis. These rare people are all trained in universities, and many work in universities. Whatever one's view of the causes of the crash – and academic economists have to take a share of the blame – it has shown that society needs astute thinkers to help get us out of the mess.

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Edward Turner: I accepted my mother's right to die, but Dan is different

The sad story of 23-year- old Dan James' paralysis on the rugby pitch and his subsequent choice of an assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich, to escape what he deemed a "second-class existence", has troubled me. Not because I feel anything but great sympathy and admiration for him and his family – and I know from first-hand experience the tortuous debates they would have had together in the months before his final journey to Switzerland – but because it opens an ethical debate which we are ill-prepared to address as a society.

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The dilemma Debbie Purdy faces is about as agonising as can be imagined. She has a terminal illness and is anxious to be in a position to decide when and if to end her own life, should her condition become unbearable. But she is also desperate to protect her husband, a Cuban musician, Omar Puente, from the threat of prosecution if he were to assist her. She wants the option of travelling to the Swiss clinic, Dignitas, in Zurich, where terminally ill patients are helped to a quick and painless death.

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