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The law in Scotland

There is no specific crime of assisting a suicide in Scotland. But it is possible that helping a person to die could lead to prosecution for murder, culpable homicide or reckless endangerment.

As a physician, I believe that terminally ill, mentally competent adults should be able to determine the time and place of their death. Had such a compassionate law been passed my mother would not have suffered the pain and indignity caused by a untreatable brain tumour. For her family and friends, her legacy was not of a life well-lived but a lonely death.

Sir Graeme Catto
Scottish doctor & past President of the General Medical Council