Euthanasia

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2003.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they reconcile their opposition to the legalisation of euthanasia with their decision to adopt a neutral position on the Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill.

Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Government are aware of a wide range of views on the subject of euthanasia, ranging from those for whom any form of euthanasia is abhorrent to those who believe that there is a need to allow assisted suicide and euthanasia in very limited and carefully regulated situations in which traditional palliative care is unable to bring relief to self-selected individuals. The Government have no plans to change the current law in this area but will listen carefully to the public debates.

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