British Parliament Rejects Assisted Suicide Bill

This was the largest ever Parliamentary turn-out for a vote on euthanasia issues in the UK.

On the same day the Government announced a new consultation on proposals for a statute law for living wills and health care proxies. Although case law has shown that living wills can be legally binding, an Act of Parliament would clarify details and protect patients once and for all. And, at the moment, health care proxies do not have any legal status.

These proposals are only part of a package covering all aspects of mental incapacity. The Government has taken pains to announce that its proposals are not "euthanasia".

Source: The Pro-Life Infonet ( June, 1999.

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