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MPs set to vote on ‘right to die’ for first time in 20 years

Controversial ‘right to die’ laws are to be debated in parliament today for the first time in almost 20 years. Labour MP Rob Marris will introduce the Assisted Dying Bill after coming top of the Private Members’ Bill ballot following the general election.

The legislation, which passed an initial vote in the House of Lords last year but failed to become law, is a first key question of conscience for the new House of Commons. Mr Marris said his Bill was about offering people “choice and dignity”.

In a blog post ahead of the debate, the Wolverhampton South West MP said: “With appropriate, strong safeguards, terminally ill adults of sound mind should be legally allowed to choose to have assistance to end their own lives.”

“I value life, and I do understand that some people believe very deeply that ending one’s own life is always wrong. Nevertheless, the depth and sincerity of their belief should not mean that they deny choice to those of us who do not share their beliefs”. ROB MARRIS MP

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http://www.itv.com/news/2015-09-11/mps-set-to-vote-on-right-to-die-for-first-time-in-20-years/?

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Right-to-die campaigner’s daughter: ‘Law does not need to be changed’

The daughter of an 86-year-old woman who starved herself to death said she did not believe the law should be changed to support assisted suicide. Bronwen Davies admitted that she was “very shocked and very upset” about Jean Davies’s decision to end her life. But despite the agony of watching her deteriorate over the course of five weeks, she said her mother had proved that those who wanted to die did have the power to take their own lives.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/assisted-dying/11173870/Right-to-die-campaigners-daughter-Law-does-not-need-to-be-changed.html

 

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