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Many doctors are abandoning opposition to assisted suicide

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Doctors in the United Kingdom, through their British Medical Association, have voted to abandon their opposition to physician-assisted suicide.

“This means we will neither support nor oppose attempts to change the law. We will not be silent on this issue, however. We have a responsibility to represent our members’ interests and concerns in any future legislative proposals and will continue to engage with our members to determine their views,” the organization announced.

The organization pointed out that the doctors, like “the wider public,” hold a variety of views on “physician-assisted dying.”

The BMA explained its representative body voted to change the organization’s position from opposition to a change in the law to a position of neutrality.

According to the Christian Institute, the vote was 149-145.

“Speaking against the proposal … palliative care expert Baroness Finlay of Llandaff described ‘neutrality’ as a ‘fig leaf,’ arguing that it would only serve as a ‘precursor’ to legalization,” the report said.

“Lady Finlay also feared that ending people’s l

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