Liam McArthur surrounded by a scrum of journalists in Holyrood as he launches his assisted dying bill for Scotland.

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins

April 8, 2024

We pick over some examples of highly inaccurate reporting on Liam McArthur MSP’s assisted dying bill hosted by conservative Christian organisations. They give a taste of what is to come. With Liam McArthur’s Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland)…

Disinformation campaign against assisted dying begins
Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland, addresses a crowd in a blue suit infront of an HSS banner.

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying

March 28, 2024

With Liam McArthur MSP’s assisted dying bill lodged at Holyrood and published on 28 March, we’ve been having our say in the media on what a new law could mean for Scotland. We believe an assisted dying law for the…

Humanist Society Scotland in the media on assisted dying
A group of people standing in Scottish parliament in front of a banner reading "78% of Scots support assisted dying." Each holds a copy of Liam McArthur's bill. L-R Julie Laing from Friends at the End, Alyson Thomson from Dignity in Dying, Liam McArthur MSP, Emma Cooper from Friends at the End, and Fraser Sutherland, CEO of Humanist Society Scotland..

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published

Liam McArthur MSP’s Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill has been lodged at Scottish Parliament and published on 28 March 2024. Humanist Society Scotland is delighted to note the beginning of the bill’s passage through Holyrood. Assisted dying…

Assisted dying bill for Scotland published
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Humanist Society interview series: Dr. Amanda Ward on misconceptions about assisted dying

March 25, 2024

Humanist Society is a passionate supporter of assisted dying, which brings choice, compassion and autonomy at the end of life. Liam McArthur MSP’s Assisted Dying Bill will begin its passage through Scottish parliament very soon. This could make assisted dying…

Humanist Society interview series: Dr. Amanda Ward on misconceptions about assisted dying
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We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter

February 14, 2024

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts and findings on Brian Souter’s charitable interests for a piece in The Guardian on Humza Yousaf’s renewed relationship with the businessman. Severin Carrell’s article of 14 February reveals that Souter has given £650,000…

We comment on Humza Yousaf’s relationship with evangelical businessman Brian Souter
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The year ahead for humanism in Scotland

January 16, 2024

2024 looks set to be a busy and perhaps defining year for the humanist movement in Scotland. Here’s a rundown of the issues we’ll be working on and the gains we hope to make, from assisted dying to reproductive rights….

The year ahead for humanism in Scotland
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The year in good news

December 18, 2023

The new year is approaching. And the world feels like a dark and scary place in lots of ways. So, to warm the cockles during the festive season, here’s an incomplete rundown of some good news for humanists across 2023,…

The year in good news
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Humanist Society welcomes vote in favour of assisted dying on Isle of Man

November 2, 2023

The Isle of Man’s parliament has voted in favour of a bill to introduce assisted dying for terminally ill people. The Assisted Dying Bill won a vote following its second reading at the Isle of Man’s parliament by 70% (17…

Humanist Society welcomes vote in favour of assisted dying on Isle of Man
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Writing to reach you: our unanswered letters on assisted dying to Humza Yousaf and his health secretary

September 26, 2023

With new polling from Yougov showing an overwhelming majority of Scots support assisted dying, we’ve been thinking about some unanswered letters we sent earlier this year….. The day after Humza Yousaf’s election as first minister, we wrote to him requesting…

Writing to reach you: our unanswered letters on assisted dying to Humza Yousaf and his health secretary
Humza Yousaf and Michael Matheson sit in a circle of people on chairs having a discussion. Humza wears a suit and Michael wears a shirt and tie.

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows

September 19, 2023

A new poll from Yougov shows that most religious people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying. The evidence, commissioned by Dignity in Dying and gathered during July 2023, reveals that 64% of people who identify with a particular religion support…

Large majority of religious people in Scotland support assisted dying, new poll shows
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New poll shows disabled people in Scotland overwhelmingly support assisted dying

September 18, 2023

New research conducted by YouGov shows that 79% of disabled people in Scotland support legalising assisted dying. The research, undertaken during July 2023, also reveals that a slightly higher percentage of disabled people support legalising assisted dying than the figure…

New poll shows disabled people in Scotland overwhelmingly support assisted dying