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Fresh Calls for Assisted Dying Legislation in Scotland

A poll commissioned by campaign group Dignity in Dying Scotland has found that 87% of Scots want assisted dying for terminally ill people with less than six months to live to become law. This is based on the Oregon model in the US where patients with six months to live can ask their doctor to prescribe a lethal dose of medication which they would self-administer.

Assisted dying is of course an important issue which divides opinion, particularly with regards to fears over abuse. Previous attempts to change the law have been unsuccessful, although this poll has prompted fresh calls for assisted dying legislation in Scotland.

Dignity in Dying Scotland is therefore calling on the Scottish Parliament to introduce legislation that would allow terminally ill adults with less than six months to live and who are mentally capable to have the choice of an assisted death, subject to particular safeguards.

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