Guernsey rejects assisted suicide

May 18, 2018 by

from SPUC:

A proposal which would have led to assisted suicide on Guernsey has been defeated after a three day debate in the island’s Parliament.

The States of Deliberation, Guernsey’s deliberative assembly, were considering a requete – similar to a private member’s bill – brought by Chief Minister Gavin St Pier. The main proposal, which would have seen a working party formed to consider how assisted suicide could be introduced, was defeated by 24 votes to 14. A proposal to do more to support palliative care was passed by 37-1.

Complex politics

As Care Not Killing explains, it was a confusing few days for both legislators and onlookers, with a number of amendments made to the original requete, and a number of proposals voted on. Deputy St Pier tried to amend his own bill, after the initial proposal was opposed by both Guernsey’s Policy and Resources Committee, the senior governmental body, and the Guernsey Disability Alliance. Disability rights activists such as Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson had also spoken out against the wide-ranging proposed legislation.

Mr St Pier said that he was disappointed with the result, but that he would accept it.

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