BREAKING: Bid to introduce assisted suicide through healthcare billAssisted Suicide
Campaigners are attempting to hijack UK Government healthcare plans to introduce physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in England and Wales.
Conservative Peer Lord Forsyth has lodged an amendment to the Health and Care Bill that would require Ministers to bring forward ‘Assisted Dying’ legislation within a year of the Act coming into force:
If the amendment is selected, it could be voted on by members of the House of Lord at Report stage, which will take place in the next few weeks. James Mildred, Chief Communications Officer at CARE, commented:
The government has stressed that it does not intent to introduce legislation on assisted suicide, which it considers to be a matter for parliament. Last year, a spokesman told the Telegraph:
Another private member’s bill seeking to introduce PAS has already been brought forward at Westminster. Baroness Meacher’s ‘Assisted Dying Bill’ would also make it legal for adults considered terminally ill to access lethal drugs from doctors.
During a second reading debate on the plans in October last year, a large number of Peers spoke out against the proposals. You can read a summary of the best moments in this article, published at the time: Peers oppose assisted suicide bill