Majority of Scots support the legalising of assisted suicide, reveals poll

A total of 69% of those questioned said they were in favour of creating an early-warning system that would allow anyone over the age of 16 to inform their GP of their support for the right to take their own life.

It would mean only the terminally ill or people suffering from deteriorating progressive conditions, which make life intolerable, would be able to seek assisted suicide. Their support could be noted in the person’s medical records at any time, but would have to be made at least seven days before they could formally ask for help to end their life.

A two-week delay would then be put in place before a new request would pave the way for the procedure to be carried out. Two qualified medical practitioners would oversee the process to ensure the person was making an informed decision, writes Jody Harrison in The Herald



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