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.
MSPs are your representatives. To help defeat the Assisted Suicide Bill, the most effective action you can take is to write to your MSPs to make known your opposition.
Selective media portrayals can give MSPs the impression that there is little opposition. We need to show them that the opposite is true and that we are determined to stop this bill.
It's always best to write in your own words, but nothing complicated is required. All you need to do is state your opposition to the bill and ask where your MSP stands on the issue. You can give specific reasons why you oppose the bill, especially ones personal to you, but it is not essential.
Remember that you have a number of regional list MSPs as well as your constituency MSP - they are all waiting to hear from you!
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