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Early Day Motion 86: Assisted Suicide in Washington State

Jim Dobbin MP (Lab; Heywood & Middleton) has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) on the findings of the latest Washington State Death with Dignity Act Report. EDM 86 highlights the report’s conclusions regarding the heavy increase in the number of deaths through physician-assisted suicide very recently and since the first year of implementation, expresses “grave concern” as to the number of those who receiving lethal drugs for assisted suicide who cited being a burden on family, friends or caregivers as their reason, and notes the danger that assisted suicide would oppose to vulnerable if ever introduced to the UK.

Right To Life urges all supporters to please write to their Members of Parliament to note and support EDM 86, the full text of which is as follows:

That this House notes the results of the Washington State Death With Dignity Act Report, 2013, published on 10 June 2014 which concludes that the number of deaths through physician-assisted suicide has tripled since the first year of implementation and increased by 43 per cent between 2012 and 2013; expresses grave concern that 61 per cent of those who received lethal drugs in Washington in 2013 gave as a reason for seeking assisted suicide being a burden on family, friends or caregivers; recalls that those who introduced the law in Washington assured the public that it would only apply to terminally ill, mentally competent patients; and reiterates its belief that a corresponding change in UK law would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable in society.