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10-08-2005, 10:34 PM
'Do-it-yourself' euthanasia clinic to open in Britain


By Severin Carrell
Published: 09 October 2005

A controversial Swiss clinic which has helped nearly 40 British people commit suicide is to open an office in the UK because of growing demand, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Zurich-based Dignitas has begun discussions about setting up a British branch, even though it is illegal here to help someone commit suicide. In the past three years, 37 Britons have killed themselves at its clinic. It claims to have hundreds more British members.

The move comes as Britain's most senior church leaders this weekend mounted a concerted campaign to counter fresh moves in Parliament to legalise assisted suicide.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and his Catholic counterpart, Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O'Connor, are leading attacks on plans by a group of senior peers to table a new Bill allowing assisted suicide.

Up to 70 peers and Anglican bishops are set to speak in a major debate in the House of Lords tomorrow.