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New bid to legalise assisted suicide reaches Scottish parliament

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6890 (Published 15 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6890
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

Renewed attempts are being made in Scotland to legalise assisted suicide, although doctors’ leaders remain firmly opposed to changing the current law.

An Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill has been tabled at the Scottish parliament by the independent MSP Margo MacDonald, who said it was an idea “whose time has come.” MacDonald, who has Parkinson’s disease, failed to convince the parliament in 2010 to pass a previous bill.

She believes that the new bill answers the …

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