Pages tagged "Scotland"
Dec 03, 2010
At the same time as the Scottish Parliament was about to throw Margo MacDonald's euthanasia bill out into the cold, a disturbing report from Aberdeenshire Council suggests that there are up to 100 reports each month of vulnerable adults being abused. This abuse mostly affects those with a disability, mental or other illness.It is simply not true to assume that the disadvantaged and vulnerable have the same protection of the law and knowledge of and ability to claim their rights as others in the community. Consequently, it can never be claimed that access to euthanasia and assisted suicide by the disabled is about a level playing field. Continue reading
Dec 02, 2010
The bill, which bore some striking similarities to the South Australian model of MPs Parnell and Key, was the subject of an organised and intense lobbying campaign which included postcard drops to letter boxes across Scotland.MacDonald criticized the content of this literature claiming it 'caused alarm among frail, elderly and disabled people' and referring to it as a 'catalogue of linguistic contortions'. If recent experiences in Australia are anything to go by, I'd be fairly confident that MacDonald's opponents might make the same observations. Continue reading