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Vulnerable people threatened by Labour MP's suicide proposal

9 June 2015

SPUC Pro-Life fears that vulnerable people will be adversely affected by the decision of Rob Marris, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South West, to propose an 'Assisted Dying' bill in the House of Commons. The bill is expected to single out people who are terminally ill or have disabilities as candidates for help to die.

A similar proposal was defeated on 27th May 2015 in the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting on Mr Marris's decision, John Deighan, of SPUC Scotland, said:

"We are disturbed that Rob Marris MP has chosen to prioritise the issue of assisted suicide. When properly examined assisted suicide is revealed as a grave danger to the vulnerable and disabled. It is not possible to safeguard effectively against coercion, and the so-called right to die easily becomes a duty to die. Establishing laws which endorse the view that some people are better off dead creates a regime which endangers the weakest members of society. We should maintain equal protection for the rights of those who are vulnerable.

"For reasons such as these Scottish politicians recently rejected assisted suicide proposals in considerable numbers. We call on Members of Parliament to do likewise with this proposal," concluded Mr Deighan.

For further information contact:

JOHN DEIGHAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER SPUC SCOTLAND

TEL: 0141 221 2094

MOBILE: 0780 273 9265

Or:

PAUL TULLY at SPUC HQ

TEL: 020 7091 7091

EMAIL: political@spuc.org.uk

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