The law of England and Wales does not penalise the decision of a competent person to take their own life1, and if a person has capacity to make the decision to take their own life, there is no basis in law for prohibiting them from doing so2. Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the suicide of another, or an attempt by another to commit suicide, is prohibited3, although the Supreme Court has observed that this prohibition has been qualified on Article 2
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