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Right-to-die Bill blocked.

Terminally ill patients have been denied the right to end their lives by the House of Lords after a concerted campaign by religious leaders.

After an impassioned seven-hour debate, peers blocked controversial right-to-die legislation amid fears that it would be open to abuse. Supporters of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, who claim popular backing, accused church leaders of frustrating the democratic process. The Bill, tabled by crossbencher Lord Joffe, would have allowed doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs for terminally ill patients.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 13, 2006
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