Lords back bill to legalise assisted suicide

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1390

Professor Baroness Finlay of Llandaff has written to correct this news story by Dyer (BMJ 2005;331:1160, 19 Nov). She points out that the title of the headline to the story is misleading in that “a first reading of a bill is never opposed—it is a formality when the title of a bill is laid before parliament; the bill is not debated then.” She also considers that the story “does not accurately reflect the contents of the bill. It is not simply the previous [Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill] with voluntary euthanasia removed.”


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