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Health committee oppose general principles of Scottish assisted suicide bill

5 May 2015


The committee's report said that "the bill contains significant flaws" but concluded that no recommendation on the bill could be made to parliament

A majority of members of the committee tasked to discuss the Scottish assisted suicide legislation oppose its general principles.

However, although the committee's report said that "the bill contains significant flaws" and that these "present major challenges as to whether the bill can be progressed", they concluded that no recommendation on the bill could be made to parliament because assisted suicide is an issue of conscience.

Bob Doris, deputy convenor of the committee said: "The committee's intention was to inform the debate and not influence the outcome as that is a matter of conscience for the parliament when they vote later this month." [BBC, 30 April]

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