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Sir Patrick Stewart urges Parliament to back assisted dying in Scotland

The Star Trek and X-Men star insisted terminally ill people should not be forced to end their lives in pain.

In Scotland, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur is bringing forward a Bill that would allow terminally ill and mentally competent adults to end their lives. Mr McArthur argues the Bill contains “strong safeguards” and does not go as far as previous plans. He said he believed MSPs will back it, making Scotland the first place in the UK to legalise assisted dying.

Mr McArthur hosted an event at the Dynamic Earth visitor attraction in Edinburgh to mark one year since he announced his intention to bring forward the proposals. In a video message, Sir Patrick, who has campaigned on the issue, said: “Dying people in Scotland should not be forced to die in pain against their wishes. “I am asking members of the Scottish Parliament to support Liam McArthur’s Assisted Dying Bill.”

Read more: Sir Patrick Stewart urges MSPs to back assisted dying in Scotland | The Scotsman