75% of Brits say yes to assisted dying; 80% want debate before the 2024 elections

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YouGov’s poll found that 8/10 people want the Government debate the issue before 2024.

Three quarters of Brits want their MPs to vote “yes”On assisted dying
A survey revealed.

Eight in ten respondents to the YouGov poll said they would like the Government debate the issue before 2024’s next election.

As peers debate tonight whether Parliament should have dedicated time to examine assisted dying laws, it comes as the evening ends.

If passed, Lord Forsyth’s amendment to the Health and Care Bill would require No10 to present a draft Assisted Dying Bill to Parliament within a year.

After his father died from bladder cancer in 2020, the former Conservative Scottish secretary changed his mind and embraced assisted dying.

Campaigners and he have called for a full Parliamentary discussion on the subject, with close to 50,000 signatures.

A recent Private Member’s Bill, brought by Baroness Meacher to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, passed second reading.

It is now believed that the proposal will not make it to the Committee stage.

Campaigners think it unlikely enough time will allow for debate on nearly 200 submitted amendments.

Advocates for assisted dying fear that it could lead to vulnerable individuals feeling pressured to end their lives too early, out of fear of becoming a burden to others.

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean stated: “My amendment is absolutely not about the merits of the case for legalising assisted dying.

“It is about ensuring this Parliament is given the opportunity to properly debate this issue.”

A proposal for an assisted dying bill in Scotland has been subject to consultation.

Before legislation can be drafted, the responses are being analysed.

I wanted my sister to be free from her pain.

To spare his sister’s agonising death, a man is calling on the government to properly discuss assisted dying.

David Drew, 57 and Caroline, were horrified to see their mother, Pat, fight motor neurone illness before she died at 52.

They knew exactly what was going to happen when Caroline was diagnosed 34 years later with MND.

David shared the pain he felt watching his sister, aged 59, pass away in 2012. She lost her speech, experienced severe weight loss, was immobile, and was eventually moved to a hospice.

David of Bromley (Kent) wrote this for the Mirror: “I visited her shortly before she died.

“As I sat by her bed I seriously considered putting a pillow over her face to end her agony.

“But if I’d done so, I could have been charged with murder. If this country had a safe assisted dying law, she could have gone at a time of her choosing.”

Supporting Lord Forsyth’s amendment, David said: “Dignity in Dying has launched a petition calling on the Government to make time to debate this crucial human rights issue.

“I urge you to sign the petition so no terminally ill person has to face a death like my mother and sister. They deserved better.”

Sign the petition Here.