The campaign for assisted dying has gone from strength to strength in 2020,
despite it being a very challenging time for the whole country. Successes around
the globe, such as New Zealand voting through its End of Life Choice Act in a
landslide referendum, are yet more evidence of what we already know - that assisted dying laws are a sign of a progressive, compassionate society.
2020 has exposed the failures of the current law and this year we have heard the
growing demand for law change louder than ever. Before the next General
Election, the opportunity to change the law on assisted dying will likely be
before Parliament once again. It is vital that MPs are engaged in this issue and
take a stance based on evidence, informed by the lived experiences of dying
people in the UK and the weight of public support for the issue.
As an MP I know there are often many issues competing for my colleagues’
attention at any given moment. The end of the year is a good time for us to take
stock of what’s most important to our constituents. To make sure assisted dying
gets the attention it needs it is important to remind your MP how important this
issue is to you and what they can do to represent you.
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Please write to your MP today asking them to read Dignity in Dying’s summary of 2020
[[link removed]] which highlights the crucial evidence that demonstrates that the time is coming
for new laws on assisted dying.
It’s important MPs are fully aware of the huge shift to support in medical
opinion we saw in the British Medical Association’s survey, and are reminded of
the impact of powerful personal stories that joined the national conversation
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I want to personally thank you for everything you’ve done for the campaign this
year - whether you’ve donated, written to your MP with your personal experiences
and opinions, met with your MP or shared our message on social media.
If you can do one more thing for the campaign before the end of the year, please
make it this.
I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday break and I look forward to what 2021
Karin Smyth MP
MP for Bristol South
Co-Chair, APPG for Choice at the End of Life
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