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Assisted Dying

Volume 687: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they will respond to the proposal made by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that the deliberate intervention to cause the death of a disabled infant should be made legal through the enactment of laws; and what account they are taking of the opposition of the Disability Rights Commission and disabled people's organisations such as RADAR: The Disability Rights Network. [HL289]

The Royal College has confirmed that it has never promoted or advocated that very premature babies should be actively euthanised and it is not calling for a change in the law to introduce euthanasia. It claims that recent media reports have misrepresented its position. We welcome this confirmation.