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Campaigns aim to curb assisted suicide

05 November 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
 
In the run-up to the German Bundestag’s vote on four possible amendments on assisted suicide due yesterday, leading churchmen and politicians, including Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz and Chancellor Angela Merkel, once again underlined their opposition to legalising the practice, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt. The amendments, ranging from full legalisation to strict prohibition, were to be discussed and a free vote allowed. Up to now assisted suicide has been a grey area in German law. “In view of the extensive way assisted suicide is being marketed”, it was imperative to outlaw organisations that offered it to their members, Cardinal Lehmann told news agency KNA last weekend. The right to self-determination was overemphasised today, he said.n In Canada, the Archbishop




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