By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Swiss assisted suicide clinic that specializes in foreign suicides told Scotland’s parliament that their proposed assisted suicide bill doesn’t go far enough. Dignitas has long been involved with promoting the legalization of assisted suicide world-wide.
An article by David Bol published on September 25 in the Herald told Scotland’s parliament that after assisting 3,200 suicide deaths that they advocate for no waiting periods; that terminal illness is not required; and only one doctor needs to approve the death.
Scotland has debated assisted suicide several times. The last assisted suicide bill was defeated in May 2015 by a vote of 82 to 36. The Care Not Killing Alliance is urging Scotland’s MSP’s to reject the bill and focus on improving end-of-life care.
Liam McArthur, who is sponsoring the assisted suicide bill, said
“I am immensely grateful to everyone who took time to share their views as part of the public consultation on my proposals, particularly those who shared their personal experiences. This will help inform and shape any future bill.
“It is important that in looking to change the law to allow for the choice of an assisted death for adults with a terminal illness and mental capacity that we strike a balance between safety and compassion.
“Having effective and proportionate safeguards in place helps achieve that vital balance.”
Scotland needs to examine Canada’s experience with assisted death and then reject it. In 6 years, Canada has gone from prohibiting assisted death to competing with the Netherlands for the highest percentage of assisted deaths. In the past few months many personal stories have emerged of people with disabilities, the elderly, people who are unable to access treatment, and people living in poverty all being approved for and dying by an assisted death.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.