Care Not Killing has responded to the Scottish Parliament's call for evidence concerning the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. Have you?
The Scottish Parliament's Health and Sport Committee, the lead committee considering the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, will continue to accept evidence on the bill until June 6. You can download Care Not Killing's submission at the end of this page; our executive summary is reproduced below. We encourage you to consider responding.
This Bill to legalise assisted suicide, following very shortly after one which was comprehensively rejected by Holyrood Parliamentarians, is as dangerous as its predecessor. It should be rejected because:
The Bill's so-called safeguards assume that those who will request assisted suicide will know their own minds beyond doubt. This is a false assumption. In today's individualistic society the pressures on sick, disabled and elderly people to avoid placing 'unfair burdens' on others are very great. Maintaining the law's protection of this silent and vulnerable majority is more important than giving choices to a minority of strong-minded and highly resolute people.
This Bill is flawed both in principle and in detail. Care Not Killing calls upon the Scottish Parliament to reject this Bill at the earliest opportunity.
You can access key information regarding the Bill's progress at the Scottish Parliament's website. From there, you can read the Bill (As Introduced), the Explanatory Notes, the Policy Memorandum and the Delegated Powers Memorandum.