Disability rights campaigners to lead rally against assisted suicide bill

Baroness Tani Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tani Grey-Thompson

Disability rights campaigners will a lead rally against the “dangerous” assisted suicide bill being debated in the House of Lords tomorrow (Friday, 7 November).

The campaigners are supported by former Disability Rights Commissioner Baroness Jane Campbell, former Para-Olympian Baroness Tani Grey-Thompson, broadcaster and actor Liz Carr and Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick OBE, Director of the International Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

The rally, organised by Not Dead Yet UK and Care Not Killing, will include ten empty wheel chairs, a reference to the concerns that disabled and doctors groups have raised about the lack of protections for vulnerable people and how the right to die could become the duty to die.

The disability rights campaigners will also point to new polling, which highlights public concerns with the proposed legislation. This includes half the population believing that changing will law will lead to vulnerable people feeling pressured into ending their lives.

Campaigners will gather at 9am Friday, 7 November 2014 at the Old Palace Yard, Westminster

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