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Key question: Is there a distinction between ‘assisted dying’ and ‘assisted suicide’?

Our view

Dying people who want to control the manner and timing of their deaths are not suicidal.

Laws which permit assistance for people who are not dying to take their lives are usually referred to as ‘assisted suicide laws’. This is beyond the scope of what Dignity in Dying campaigns for.

In 2015 the House of Lords voted against changing the Assisted Dying Bill to refer to ‘assisted suicide‘.