By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Ashlea Tracey reported for BBC News on October 18, 2023 that doctors from the Isle of Man have rejected assisted suicide. The Isle of Man is debating a bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is expected that MHK [Member of the House of Keys] Alex Allinson’s Assisted Dying Bill 2023 will have its second reading on October 31.
The survey of Isle of Man Medical Society members found that 74% of the respondents were against legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide.
About 74% of those who responded to the poll asking members for opinions on the Assisted Dying Bill 2023 said they were against the proposed changes.
The poll also found 34% of respondents would consider leaving the island if the new legislation was introduced.
It is due to have its second reading in the House of Keys on 31 October.
Tracey stated that 61% of Isle of Man Medical Society members responded to the poll. The survey indicates that 74% were against the proposal to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide while 19% indicated that they were willing to participate if legalized.
Since 34% of the respondents stated that they would consider leaving the island if euthanasia or assisted suicide were legal, legalizing euthanasia may create recruitment and retention concerns for medical professionals.
The Isle of Man needs to examine Canada’s experience with euthanasia and reject it. Alex Schadenberg will be speaking in the Isle of Man in early November.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.