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BMA changed its stance on assisted dying to ‘neutral’

The British Medical Association (BMA), the lead group for doctors in the United Kingdom, no longer opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide. After a vote at its annual representative meeting on Tuesday 14 September, the BMA altered its official stance from opposition to “neutrality”.

This was the result of a narrowly passed motion: 49% of representatives (149) voted for the motion, 48% (145) voted against, and eight abstained.

A position of neutrality signals that British doctors will not oppose legislation when the House of Lords begins a debate on October 22 on a bill to be introduced by the chair of Dignity in Dying, Baroness Meacher.

Sarah Wootton, of Dignity in Dying, Britain’s lead lobby group for assisted dying, was exultant. She commented: “This is an historic decision and a victory for common-sense.”

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