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ASSISTED SUICIDE IN WASHINGTON STATE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 86: tabled on 12 June 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes the results of the Washington State Death With Dignity Act Report, 2013, published on 10 June 2014 which concludes that the number of deaths through physician-assisted suicide has tripled since the first year of implementation and increased by 43 per cent between 2012 and 2013; expresses grave concern that 61 per cent of those who received lethal drugs in Washington in 2013 gave as a reason for seeking assisted suicide being a burden on family, friends or caregivers; recalls that those who introduced the law in Washington assured the public that it would only apply to terminally ill, mentally competent patients; and reiterates its belief that a corresponding change in UK law would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable in society.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2014
Southend West
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2014
Northampton South
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 23 June 2014
Harrow East
Blunkett, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2014
Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2014
Worthing West
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Blyth Valley
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2014
West Lancashire
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 18 June 2014
Belfast North
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 12 June 2014
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2014
Ribble Valley
Flello, Robert
Labour
Signed on 9 September 2014
Stoke-on-Trent South
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Aberavon
Halfon, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 18 June 2014
Harlow
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2014
Jarrow
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2014
Hampstead and Kilburn
Leigh, Sir Edward
Conservative
Signed on 10 July 2014
Gainsborough
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 19 June 2014
Belfast South
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2014
Dundee West
Parish, Neil
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2014
Tiverton and Honiton
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2014
Tewkesbury
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 June 2014
Strangford
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 17 June 2014
Upper Bann
Swales, Ian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 September 2014
Redcar
Whittaker, Craig
Conservative
Signed on 1 July 2014
Calder Valley
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 July 2014
Ceredigion
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 June 2014
East Antrim

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ASSISTED SUICIDE IN WASHINGTON STATE (Amendment 1)
leave out from '2014' to end and add '; recognises that it is to be expected that numbers of people using the Act will rise in the years following legalisation as citizens become more aware of their rights under the law, that assisted deaths account for just 0.24 per cent of all deaths in Washington, an extremely low proportion of overall deaths, that people who had assisted deaths gave several reasons for their choice, of which 91 per cent reported concerns about loss of autonomy, 89 per cent about loss of ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable and 79 per cent about loss of dignity as reasons for choosing assisted dying; further notes that over 80 per cent of those who had an assisted death were in receipt of hospice care; and further notes that a safeguarded law, with upfront checks on diagnosis, prognosis, competences and that a patient is making an informed and settled decision, is preferable to turning a blind eye to dying Britons taking matters into their own hands, including travelling abroad to die.'.
Conservative, Croydon South
13
signatures
EDM 86A1: tabled on 18 June 2014