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Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 9:49 am on 11th September 2015.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North 9:49 am, 11th September 2015

To say that we hope that they will not feel a burden is not a reassurance, because hope is not enough. There is evidence that under the Death with Dignity Act in Washington state, 59% of people who went down this route indicated that they were doing so because they felt that they were a burden on their family and friends. In Oregon, which my hon. Friend refers to as the model for the Bill, that figure is 40%. This is unacceptable.