Assisted Dying Bill lost
14th September 2015
The motion debated in the House of Commons on Friday, 11th September, for the legalisation of Assisted Dying for terminally ill people with less than six months to live was lost, with 330 votes against and 118 in favour.
James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, and lead bishop for the Church of England on health care issues, said: “We are heartened that MPs have decided not to change the law on assisted suicide.
“We believe that the proposals contained in the Assisted Dying Bill would have exposed already vulnerable people to increased risk. The vote in the House of Commons sends a strong signal that the right approach towards supporting the terminally ill is to offer compassion and support through better palliative care. We believe that all of us need to redouble our efforts on that front.”