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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Campaigners express relief at defeat of Assisted Dying Bill
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¬†Campaigners around the UK welcomed the news that Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill has been defeated. Some 90 peers participated in the debate, including many medical peers and disabled peers who spoke strongly against the Bill. Finally they voted against the legalisation of doctor-assisted suicide by 148 votes to 100. "We congratulate the members of the House of Lords who were successful in defeating this dangerous Bill," said Julia Millington of the ProLife Alliance. "This result reflects the concerns of many in the UK, in particular the medical profession and disability groups who are overwhelmingly opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. "Legislation that permits doctors to assist in suicide, fundamentally changes the role of doctor from someone who cures or cares to a killer. We will continue to resist any change in the law." The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children expressed great relief at the result. SPUC general secretary, Paul Tully said: "The bill runs counter to the right to life of gravely ill and dying people, and would undermine the status of elderly and disabled people. We believe it would also lead to the practice of active euthanasia ≠ extending the provision for passive euthanasia in the Mental Capacity Act, due to be implemented next year. "The views of medical bodies, disability rights groups and faith organisations have rightly been prominent in the debate, and the need to protect rather than further undermine, the right to life has won the vote today. We must not relax our efforts to ensure the wider and more effective provision of palliative care, which all those participating the debate have agreed upon."
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