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Assisted dying bill lodged in Scotland

Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur (Source: The Sunday Times (thetimes.co.uk))

In the week of June 20, Member of Parliament Liam McArthur (Liberal Democrats) has lodged a Bill to change the law on assisted dying in Scotland. Under the bill, terminally ill people who have lived in Scotland for 12 months or more would gain the right to access assisted dying.

Its promoters are hopeful they have the numbers for the landmark bill to be passed at Holyrood. The move coincides with a campaign by The Sunday Times to change the law to allow people who have reached the limits of palliative care to seek a dignified death.

A public polling from last week has shown that 86% of Scots want the Scottish Parliament to examine the issue and 75% want this done within two years.

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