An image of the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood with Calton Hill and the city of Edinburgh in the background.

2023 in campaigns

January 27, 2023

2023 looks set be a pivotal year for humanism in Scotland. We look forward to the passing of a law to protect women from harassment outside abortion clinics and we hope that new rules will follow to ensure dignity in…

2023 in campaigns
MSPs discussing Assisted Dying in Parliament

Medical support for assisted dying grows

November 29, 2022

On Tuesday evening our policy and campaigns officer, Will Norton, and Chair Ian Rodger, attended a Scottish Parliament event in support of the Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill.  Liam McArthur MSP organised the event alongside humanist campaigners…

Medical support for assisted dying grows
The Scottish Parliament debating chamber

Assisted Dying

We have long campaigned for compassionate choice at the end of life, and we are currently supporting the proposed Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was created with our support alongside our coalition partners Dignity in Dying Scotland, and Friends at the End, and is being taken forward by Liam McArthur MSP.

Assisted Dying

Humanists say ‘the time is now’ as Assisted Dying Bill is lodged

September 8, 2022

As Liam McArthur MSP for Orkney lodges a final proposal in the Scottish Parliament today for his Members Bill ‘Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland)’,  Humanist Society Scotland declares that the time is now to listen to the Scottish people and urges MSPs to vote with the views of the majority of their constituents.  

Humanists say ‘the time is now’ as Assisted Dying Bill is lodged

A little bit of Australia in Scotland

July 1, 2022

This morning Humanist Society Scotland Chief Exec, Fraser Sutherland, and Policy and Campaign Officer, Will Norton, had the honour of meeting Fiona Patten MP, a member of the Parliament of Victoria in Australia.  For years, Fiona has been a champion…

A little bit of Australia in Scotland

Humanists encouraged to back assisted dying bill plan

September 23, 2021

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has launched a consultation on his proposal for a members’ bill to allow for assisted dying for terminally ill people. Humanist Society Scotland have long campaigned for a compassionate approach to end-of-life care and support. Over…

Humanists encouraged to back assisted dying bill plan

Humanists welcome BMA decision to drop opposition to assisted dying

September 15, 2021

Humanist Society Scotland today welcomed news that the BMA had voted to drop its opposed stance to assisted dying.

Humanists welcome BMA decision to drop opposition to assisted dying

‘Sort out assisted dying now’ Scots tell Parliament as NZ votes for change

October 30, 2020

A poll commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland, Dignity in Dying Scotland and Friends at the End (FATE) shows that more than three quarters of Scots (76%) want the Scottish Parliament to debate assisted dying after the Parliamentary elections in May….

‘Sort out assisted dying now’ Scots tell Parliament as NZ votes for change

BMA survey shows overwhelming support for assisted dying policy change

October 8, 2020

BMA Survey Indicates Overwhelming Support for Policy Change Around Assisted Dying

BMA survey shows overwhelming support for assisted dying policy change

Royal College refuses to drop opposition to assisted dying

February 21, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland has responded with disappointment that the Royal College of GPs has ignored the view of its members who responded to a recent consultation on changing the group’s stance on Assisted Dying. 51% of those GPs who responded…

Royal College refuses to drop opposition to assisted dying

We welcome assisted dying review by BMA

February 6, 2020

Humanist Society Scotland has welcomed the news that the British Medical Association (BMA) has launched a survey of its members on the organisation’s approach to assisted dying. This comes as the Humanists ask the public to back its ‘Last Rights…

We welcome assisted dying review by BMA