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14 September 2015

Vulnerable people protected as MPs overwhelmingly reject assisted dying

Vulnerable people protected as MPs overwhelmingly reject assisted dying

Concerns that vulnerable people would be put under pressure to end their life were calmed on Friday, as the House of Commons voted to reject the new “right to die” bill.

MPs voted three to one to throw out Labour MP Rob Marris’ private members' bill, based largely on Lord Falconer's previous bill.

The Evangelical Alliance welcomed the result, which protects those making a decision to end their life based on fears of being a burden to those around them.

Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: “Palliative care can provide properly for the needs of people and evidence shows that the number of people wanting assisted suicide drops when they receive good palliative care.

“We have a rich tradition of quality care for the dying and should continue promoting and investing in palliative care. We want to see a society that protects and supports people. Legalising assisted suicide would not do this.”

The Alliance believes the present law works well and doesn’t need changing.

“It acts as a powerful deterrent to the exploitation of vulnerable people, while also giving discretion to prosecutors and judges in challenging cases,” continued Steve Clifford.  

The Alliance has been campaigning to protect the vulnerable who would be effected by any change in the law, along with the majority of medical professionals and disability charities.