Berkshire news Hundreds in Berkshire back calls to make assisted dying legal PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - More than 150,000 people have now signed a petition backing changes to the law that would allow euthanasia to take place
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Hundreds of people in Berkshire have backed calls for assisted dying to be made legal. Parliament is set to debate a petition calling for euthanasia to be legalised for terminally ill people in the UK. The petition is set to be debated after more than 150,000 people signed it - well over the 100,000 required for petitions to Parliament to be discussed. The House of Commons is set to hold the debate on July 4. A total of 221 people have signed the petition in the Reading West constituency. Another 192 have signed it in Reading East. Read More: From counters to cans as brewery moves into former kitchen store Elsewhere in Berkshire it has been signed by 307 people in Wokingham, 271 in Bracknell, 259 in Windsor, 265 in Maidenhead and 85 in Slough. Newbury has the most signatories in the county, at 675. The petition states: "The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person. "Dying people in the UK should not have to suffer unbearably against their wishes in their final days and weeks of life. Without assisted dying, some people will die without adequate pain relief, symptom control or dignity. People should not be forced to take drastic measures or travel to another country to end their own life; they should have the option of dying at home, on their own terms, just as dying people do in New Zealand and parts of Australia and the USA, as well as several countries in Europe.
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. It also said any change to the law was a 'matter for Parliament'. In that previous response, the Ministry of Justice said: "Whether there are any circumstances in which it should not be an offence to assist another person to die is something on which there are passionately held but deeply divided views. Even amongst those who support a change in the law, there are differing ideas on where the line should be drawn, what safeguards should be in place and for whom. Conversely, others feel strongly that the law should not be changed and that safeguards will not necessarily give enough protection to vulnerable people who may feel pressure, whether real or perceived, to end their own lives. "Parliament has so far voted against proposals to allow lawful assistance with suicide, including in September 2015 when the House of Commons rejected the Assisted Dying (No.2) Bill by a substantial majority (330 votes to 118). However, this remains an issue of profound public interest and importance and the Assisted Dying Bill introduced by Baroness Meacher has provided an opportunity for Parliament to consider it afresh. "The Government took a neutral position when the Assisted Dying Bill was debated in the House of Lords on 22 October. The Bill passed Lords Second Reading without a vote. Committee stage – which involves line by line examination of the Bill - has yet to be scheduled. "If the will of Parliament is that the law on assisting suicide should change, the Government would not stand in the way of such change, but would seek to ensure that the law could be enforced in the way that Parliament intended." Read Next: Travelling to Heathrow by road during rail and underground strikes Cheapest fuel prices in Berkshire today Councillor accused of breaching code of conduct
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