Journal of Medical Ethics Forum – Support for assisted suicide in Scotland has declined significantly: May 2024

Journal of Medical Ethics Forum – Support for assisted suicide in Scotland has declined significantly: May 2024

The Journal of Medical Ethics Forum has posted an article by Prof. David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, showing that support for assisted suicide in Scotland has declined significantly.

Three polls conducted by the pro-assisted suicide group Dignity in Dying Scotland found that the number of Scots who “strongly supported” legalising assisted dying fell from 55% in 2019, to 45% in 2023, and to 40% in 2024.

A similar pattern was seen in a YouGov bimonthly trackers which asked the same question 31 times over five years: “Do you think the law should or should not be changed to allow someone to assist in the suicide of someone suffering from a painful, incurable but NOT terminal illness?” By April 2024 agreement had decreased to 41%. See full article here: https://www.bioethics.org.uk/news-events/news-from-the-centre/press-statement-support-for-assisted-suicide-ebbs-away-in-scotland/