Jersey votes to allow assisted dying

Jersey is closer to allowing euthanasia after a citizen jury voted to change the law.

According to a report by the Jersey Assisted Dying Citizens ’Jury, 78 percent of its members – or 18 of the 23 randomly selected islanders – voted to allow euthanasia on the island.

The jury, which met over 10 online sessions during the spring, called for terminally ill islanders to end their lives under certain circumstances and under certain protective measures.

As a crown addict, Jersey is able to have euthanasia laws separate from the UK.

A private member’s bill to legalize euthanasia in England and Wales was first read to the Lords last month, while a similar bill was tabled in Scotland on Tuesday.

A bipartisan group of more than 50 MPs and colleagues called on the government in April to initiate a review of UK euthanasia laws.

The joint letter from MPs to Justice Secretary Robert Buckland argued that Britain “is falling behind the rest of the world”.

Then Health Secretary Matt Hancock reportedly wrote to national statistician Sir Ian Diamond in May asking for data on the number of Britons who kill themselves after being diagnosed with an incurable disease.

Mr Hancock said he wanted the numbers to prop up a new debate on the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in the UK.


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