MPs vote against Assisted Dying Bill

MPs vote against second reading of Assisted dying (No.2) Bill by 330 to 118. As a result the Bill can go no further

Mark Atkinson, interim Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said:

"Disabled people will be extremely relieved about the convincing nature of today’s vote.
 
Keeping the current law means giving crucial protection to the lives of disabled and other vulnerable people, who could feel they are a burden to society.
 
Today MPs and the Prime Minister have sent a strong message on this vital issue. Let’s now focus, as a society, on supporting people to live fulfilling lives.” 

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Kate Redway in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200 (out of hours 07843 467 948) or email kate.redway@scope.org.uk 

Supporting statistics
  • 64% of disabled people have told Scope they are concerned about moves towards legalising assisted dying[i]
  • nearly 62% of those people are worried that a law change would lead to them being pressured into ending their lives prematurely
  • In the US State of Washington, 61% of those requesting to end their lives did so because they felt a burden on friends, family or care-givers.[ii]
  • The most common end-of-life concerns for patients that requested assisted suicide in Oregon included losing autonomy (91%); being less able to participate in activities that make life enjoyable  (89%); loss of dignity (81%) and being a burden on family, friends and care givers (40%).[iii]

[i] Opinium research conducted an online survey of 1,005 disabled UK adults aged 18 and over between 7th and 11th July 2014 
[iii] Oregon Public Health Authority (2014), Annual Report on the Death with Dignity Act, p.6-7 

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