The Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (MSP Margo MacDonald) , according to its Summary, published on the Scottish Parliament official website “enables people with terminal or life, shortening illnesses or progressive conditions which are terminal or life-shortening and who wish to end their own lives to obtain assistance in doing so” by removing criminal and liability from those who provide such aid.
Following MacDonald’s death Green MSP Patrick Harvie took charge of the Bill and is currently helping steer it through the Scottish Parliament’s committee process. “I look forward to the Health Committee starting to take evidence on the bill in the coming weeks,” Harvie said. “Providing people with terminal or life shortening illnesses a safe supported option for taking control of the end of their own life would
demonstrate compassion and respect for each person’s own choice, and I hope MSPs will give the Bill their support,” Harvie added.
The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament intends to take oral evidence between January 13 and February 17, 2015