Following the launch of a massive new campaign by assisted suicide advocates, and renewed calls within Holyrood, MSPs from across the political spectrum restated in April 2019 why the law should remain as it is, and asked:
'Have we really become a society that says the best answer we can provide to those suffering in end-of-life situations is to help them kill themselves? Is that really all we can offer?'
The late independent MSP Margo MacDonald launched a previous bill to permit assisted suicide for Scots (Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill) on 14 November 2013. Following evidence gathering by the Health and Sport Committee - including contributions by our then-Campaign Director and (below) our now-CEO - and Stage One debate on 27 May 2015, MSPs threw out the Bill by a margin of 82-36. An earlier attempt in 2010 also failed.
MSPs are your representatives. To help defend current protections and defeat coming threats, 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.
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