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Brown: I’m totally against calls to make assisted suicide legal in UK

Gordon Brown yesterday ruled out new laws that would allow terminally ill people to receive help to die.

The Prime Minister made clear his total opposition to relaxing the ban on assisting a person to commit suicide, suggesting such a change could force vulnerable people to end their lives early if they feared they would become a burden.

In a radio interview, Mr Brown was asked by the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, for his views on the shortening of life.

He said: “Well, I’m totally against laws on that. I think this debate about assisted suicide, it’s not really for us to create any legislation that would put pressure on people to feel that they had to offer themselves because they were causing trouble to a relative. So I think we have got to make it absolutely clear that the importance of human life is recognised.”

Margo MacDonald, the independent MSP, is aiming to bring a bill before the Scottish Parliament that would make assisted suicide legal north of the Border.

She told The Scotsman that she feared Mr Brown may have been “confused” by the difference between euthanasia and proposals for assisted dying.

Full story at The Scotsman.

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