From CMF news - winter 2006 - Ethics [p3]
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Following the House of Lords Debate on the Select Committee Report on his Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill Lord Joffe announced his intention to table yet another bill under the same name. This had its first reading in the House of Lords on 9 November and is reported on briefly in the Winter 2006 edition of Triple Helix sent to members with this issue of CMF News. The second reading (debate stage) will probably take place in February. The Bill seeks to legalise physician assisted suicide but not euthanasia along the lines of the Oregon model, but we should not be fooled by these apparently less radical demands. If the bill clears the House of Lords it will then need to traverse the House of Commons but it is by no means likely that the government will grant it parliamentary time in this session.
Meanwhile north of Hadrian’s Wall MSP Jeremy Purvis has failed to get the 18 signatures from MSPs necessary to introduce his euthanasia bill into the Scottish Parliament. This was due to very effective lobbying by a strong coalition in which CMF members were very much involved. Since October the Royal College of Psychiatrists has launched a consultation to find out its members’views and a survey conducted by doctors.net.uk has found that 69% of respondents agree with the RCGP decision to oppose a change in the law.We responded to two major consultations in November.They are:
Both submissions are available on the CMF website at www.cmf.org.uk
Two new consultations to which we intend to respond are:
CMF has now formally joined the Alive and Kicking Alliance (see www.aliveandkickingcampaign.org) aimed at halving the number of abortions in the UK. Over 6,200,000 babies have lost their lives since the 1967 Abortion Act came into being; a number equivalent to more than 10% of the entire UK population. More than 200,000 babies continue to be aborted in Britain each year.
The alliance’s other aims include: