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Exit votes for suicide booklet

EXIT. the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, voted on Saturday by 306 to 8 to change its constitution so a booklet on ways of committing suicide might be published.

The society is in the throes of legal actions, and last week's vote at a specially convened general meeting was designed to circumvent the conditions of an undertaking not to publish the booklet.

A rebel mamber, Dr Gordon Scott made a move after a meeting in October decided to further the booklet's publication. He said that publication was illegal.

The change in constitution removes part of Dr Scott's grounds for objection and Mr Nicholas Reed, Exit's General Secretary was this week seeking to withdraw the undertaking.

The motion to change the con

stitution ran: "The Society may consider and evaluate questions relating to the avoidance of suffering and to peaceful death and provide information and practical and other advice to members of mature years and reasonable length of membership (by for example publication and distribution of a pamphlet or booklet) as to how most appropriately a prolonged and a painful death can be avoided and a life can be ended painlessly by someone hopelessly and painfully ill who has decided to embark on self deliverance."

The committee will decide if members of three months' standing and over 18 can receive the booklet. Lord (Timothy) Beaumont who chaired the meeting said that the next goal was to change the law on euthanasia.

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