Legalising assisted suicide could lead to improper and unfair pressure on people to end their lives, the Prime Minister has said.
Speaking as MP Fiona Bruce tabled an early day motion calling on the government not to relax current laws, David Cameron said that he opposed changing the law to legalise assisted suicide.
The motion, which has at the time of writing garnered 31 signatures, reads: ‘This House notes and draws to the attention of those wishing to change the law on assisted suicide, the remarks of the Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Lord Faulks, during a debate on 5 March 2014 in the House of Lords.
‘It notes that since the publication of the guidelines on assisted suicide four cases were referred onwards for prosecution for murder or serious assault.
‘It believes that the emergence of these cases shows how well the current guidelines are working and reasserts its belief that to relax the current law would add further to the number of unlawful killings and murders’.
The motion also called on the government to agree that the most important considerations are the protection of vulnerable people and public safety.
Pro-life charity CARE has welcomed the motion, calling the Prime Minister’s comments ‘encouraging news’, and requested that people lobby their local MPs to sign the Bill.