Support for assisted suicide rises

Margo MacDonald championed assisted suicide. Picture: Esme Allen
Margo MacDonald championed assisted suicide. Picture: Esme Allen
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Support for legalising assisted suicide in Scotland has risen since the death of popular Lothian MSP Margo MacDonald, who championed the law change.

Three-quarters of responses to a consultation on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill undertaken by Holyrood’s health and sport committee backed the proposal, according to the My Life, My Death, My Choice campaign group.

The Bill was introduced by Independent MSP Ms MacDonald, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. Green MSP Patrick Harvie took it over after her death in April.

Of 830 individual submissions, 79 per cent were in favour of the proposal. When responses from groups were factored in, the total fell to 75 per cent. A previous poll said 69 per cent of people were in support.

Opponents have claimed the law change would be dangerous and unethical, with people potentially being pressurised into ending their lives.

My Life, My Death, My Choice spokeswoman Sheila Duffy said: “Politicians are lagging behind the public on this issue and need to take action to catch up.”