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The late independent MSP Margo MacDonald launched a bill to permit assisted suicide for Scots on 14 November 2013. This is despite the fact that (i) 64% of individuals and 62% of organisations responding to her own consultation on the issue last year rejected a change in the law and (ii) her previous attempt was defeated in Holyrood by a massive 85-16 in 2010 (not to mention the fact that 87% of all who made written submissions to the scrutinising committee for that bill were opposed to it). The Health and Sport Committee's oral evidence sessions begin on 25 November 2014. Read Care Not Killing's written submission to the call for evidence here; the Committee has published all submissions here.

Following Stage One debate in the Scottish Parliament on 27 May 2015, MSPs threw out the Bill by a margin of 82-36.

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

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