Right to die free vote bid

Date published: 25 September 2012

A call from Oldham MEP Chris Davies for a free vote on right-to-die legislation is being backed by Lib-Dems.

Mr Davies offered the motion at the party conference in Brighton and has long campaigned on the issue. The conference approved the motion.

Mr Davies said it is time for Parliament to act: Belgium and the Netherlands have proved laws can be framed to include safeguards that prevent abuse.

“More than 200 British citizens have now made their way to Switzerland to have their wishes met and secure help to die. MPs should be given the chance to have a free vote to allow people, in specific circumstances, to end their life with medical help,” he said.

The move gained cautious approval from Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams.

“In principle I believe terminally ill, mentally competent adults should have the choice of an assisted death within strict legal safeguards.

“However, I cannot give my commitment to supporting a change in the law without reading any proposed legislation extremely carefully.”

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