The Assisted Suicide Bill certainly does not allow death on demand

The bill makes it very clear that assisted suicide can only be utilised by competent, mentally well patients; the preliminary declaration has to be witnessed by two independent individuals and is designed to ensure there is no evidence of coercion of the vulnerable.

There subsequently has to be a total of four medical consultations that agree that it is a reasonable action to be taken. This is therefore not death on demand as suggested by Rev McDonald, writes Gillian McDougall of Doctors for Assisted Suicide in The Herald

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