On Friday 11th September I attended the debate on the Assisted Dying Bill. I was opposed to the Bill and raised my concerns directly with my colleague, Rob Marris MP, who brought the Bill before the House.
Joan Ryan (Enfield North) (Lab): To say that we hope that they will not feel a burden is not a reassurance, because hope is not enough. There is evidence that under the Death with Dignity Act in Washington state, 59% of people who went down this route indicated that they were doing so because they felt that they were a burden on their family and friends. In Oregon, which my hon. Friend refers to as the model for the Bill, that figure is 40%. This is unacceptable.
Rob Marris: If my right hon. Friend looks at the figures again, she will find that for those people she mentions burden was not the major factor, but it was a factor, and people should be allowed to make a decision. [...]