Assisted Suicide bill defeated in Scotland

Scottish ParliamentThe Scottish Parliament has rejected the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill by 82 votes to 36 following a debate at Holyrood. The bill would have allowed those with terminal illnesses to seek the help of a doctor to end their own life.

Supporters said the plan had widespread public backing but critics argued a change in the law would be unethical.

MSPs were given a free vote. The Scottish government did not support changing the law.

The week before the vote the Care Not Killing Alliance presented a petition of 15,300 people who oppose the assisted suicide bill.