BY Ian Dunn | December 11 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Wales votes against assisted suicide

In pro-life victory, Welsh Assembly members reject principles of bill currently going through the House of Lords

Welsh Assembly members have voted against the principles of a bill currently going through the House of Lords that would legalise assisted dying.

Yesterday only 12 members of the Welsh Assembly supported the principles of the Assisted Dying Bill.

In November, the House of Lords voted unanimously to accept an amendment to the assisted suicide bill, tabled by Lord Pannick and supported by Lord Falconer, which would offer assisted suicide to terminally ill patients who are deemed mentally capable and are likely to have less than six months to live.

Twenty-one Assembly Members voted against it and a further 20 abstained on a motion tabled by Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas on this afternoon.

Although the National Assembly does not have the power to legalise assisted dying, Mr Thomas argued it was appropriate for Wales’ national democratic forum to debate the issue.



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