The UK Health Secretary has said people are legally allowed to travel overseas for an assisted suicide during lockdown.
Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell was fearful the national lockdown in England, which was brought in to save lives, “could deter” people from ending their lives.
But, Matt Hancock told MPs today: “The new coronavirus regulations, which come into force today, place restrictions on leaving the home without a reasonable excuse; travelling abroad for the purpose of assisted dying is a reasonable excuse, so anyone doing so would not be breaking the law.”
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The Health Secretary went even further and added that the pandemic had “shone a spotlight on so many issues” and welcomed further debate on the topic.