Assisted suicide bill overwhelmingly defeated in Guernsey

By Alex Schadenberg. Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Editor’s note. Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy and is a self-governing British Crown dependency.

Guernsey Parliament

More incredible news: After a three-day debate, the Guernsey parliament today defeated a proposal to legalize assisted suicide in the British Island state by a vote of 24 to 14.

This is remarkable news considering the resources that the assisted suicide lobby invested into passing assisted suicide in Guernsey. They viewed passage as a possible “opening” to the legalization of assisted suicide in the UK.

According to the Guardian the assisted suicide proposal was based on the Oregon model.

The proposal sought to adopt the Oregon model, meaning that euthanasia would be restricted to people with a diagnosis of terminal illness with less than six months to live and full mental capacity.

A coalition of groups formed to defeat the bill included disability rights groups – Not Dead Yet UK, and the Guernsey Disability Alliance, also the British Medical Association, and the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK.

Carmen, from Assisted Living in Guernsey, booked Kevin Dunn, producer of the film – “Fatal Flaw”s – to address an audience after the screening of “Fatal Flaws” in Guernsey. We are happy to state that several members of the Guernsey parliament attended the screening of “Fatal Flaws.”

Dr. Peter Saunders, campaign director for the Care Not Killing Alliance, told the Shropshire Star

“We welcome this strong rejection of this dangerous proposition by the elected Deputies on the Island.

“Parliamentarians across the UK have rightly rejected attempts to introduce assisted suicide and euthanasia ten times since 2003 out of concern for public safety, including in 2015 when the House of Commons overwhelmingly voted against any change in the law by 330 votes to 118.

“We know the Deputies in Guernsey will now turn their attention to the real issues facing disabled people and the terminally ill on the island, ensuring equality of access to the very best health care available and how to fund this.”

Recently the Finland parliament rejected euthanasia and a California court struck down the California assisted suicide law as unconstitutionally enacted.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.