German government wrangling over assisted suicide

A close friend should be allowed to help someone commit suicide, says the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. According to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung the ministers want to lift the threat of prosecution for friends and long-term housemates, as well as doctors and carers, if they develop “a close personal relationship”.

Her government is struggling to draft a law banning assisted suicide, but there are serious disagreement among the ministers in the coalition. Although all parties agree that commercial assisted suicide should be banned, disagreement has broken out over whether people without a financial stake should be exempted.

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