Reader Poll: How Would You Vote on Physician-Assisted Suicide?

September 24, 2014

British physicians are debating whether a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in should be passed into law. The UK Parliament's House of Lords is currently debating the bill, which is approaching an as yet unscheduled vote; if approved, the bill then would go before the House of Commons.

The British Medical Association is opposed to the law while its subsidiary journal The BMJ is in favor, stating that terminally ill patients should have a choice of when and how to end their own lives.

The bill would allow a physician to prescribe a lethal drug to a terminally ill patient who requests it. One poll found that 60% of its physician respondents were opposed to the bill, but more than 70% of British citizens were in favor of the bill, according to a different survey.

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