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Assisted suicide. Scotland rejects assisted dying by a large majority

The proposed law on assisted suicide for patients with terminal illnesses has been rejected by Scottish Parliament, by 82 to 36 votes. The law was proposed by the leader of the Green Party, who stated that: “I hope that all members [of Parliament] […] who understand the basic principle, who accept the idea that human beings have the right to make a decision in circumstances such as a terminal or life-shortening illness, will give this Bill the opportunity to come forward to the next stage, and then we can begin to debate the amendments that come forward”. However, the Scottish health secretary has declared that “it is not lawful to assist someone to commit suicide, and the Government has no plans to change that”. Assisted suicide is prohibited in the United Kingdom.

 

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