The law in other countries

A number of other jurisdictions already have laws related to assisted suicide and some information drawn on their experience is set out below.

Some places have had assisted suicide laws in place for decades so there is some data on the number of people taking up this option. Interestingly, even where assisted suicide is available, a very significant proportion of those people who state they wish to end their own lives choose not to follow through with their stated intention.

State of Oregon, USA (population 3.9m)

State of Washington, USA (population 6.9m)

State of Vermont, USA (population 630,000)

Netherlands (population 17m)

Belgium (population 11m)

Luxembourg (population 540,000)

Switzerland (population 8m)

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