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Assisted suicide in Scotland - consultation

Published: 27th January 2009

In 2009 there is a new attempt in the Scottish Parliament to legalise assisted suicide. Margo MacDonald MSP has launched a public consultation on her proposed End of Life Choices (Scotland) Bill. You can access her full consultation document by:

  • Internet
  • Emailing her:
  • Writing to her: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
  • Phoning her: 0131 348 5714

CMF believes this is unethical, unnecessary and dangerous legislation which if enacted would put at risk the lives of vulnerable people: the elderly, depressed, disabled, lonely or sick. Particularly at this time of severe economic recession, many of these might come to believe themselves to be a financial and emotional burden to others.

The consultation closes on 9 March 2009, and after that Margo MacDonald will seek the signatures of 18 MSPs necessary to take the bill forward. We understand many MSPs have indicated they have not come to conclusions on the issue and will therefore be influenced by the correspondence they receive, particularly if that correspondence is from practising doctors.

Members in Scotland: Please write to your 8 MSPs (1 constituency and 7 regional), highlighting the reasons not to legalise assisted suicide and urging them not to support the End of Life Choices (Scotland) Bill. You can find out who your MSPs are online

You might also consider visiting your MSPs to make your points in person, and please also consider writing to Margo MacDonald directly and making similar points to her. MSPs will also be influenced by the number of responses that she receives, both for and against her proposals.

Resources:

CMF File 9 (2000) on Physician-Assisted Suicide

CMF File22 (2003) on Euthanasia

Care Not Killing's Scotland – in depth pages

Submission from CMF Scotland (2005) to the Scottish Parliament on Jeremy Purvis's 'Dying with Dignity' consultation paper

For further information:

Steven Fouch (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9668

Media Enquiries:

Alistair Thompson on 07970 162 225

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