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Plans to present an 'assisted dying' bill to parliament raise some fundamental and troubling issues, says Lord Carlile of Berriew QC

In an article in The Sunday Telegraph ('A licence for suicide by any other name') and ahead of the publication of Lord Falconer's 'assisted dying' bill, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC questions some of the assumptions on which such proposals for changing the law rest.

An accompanying news story ('Peers clash over right-to-die 'spin'') by The Telegraph's Social Affairs Editor reports that "one of Britain's leading lawyers has accused Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, of indulging in "Orwellian spin" as he seeks to legalise assisted suicide".

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