I recently wrote to the Rt Hon. Stephen Crabb, the Secretary of State for Wales, and our MP. In my letter (which can be seen here) I expressed the view that this Bill should be voted down in the House of Commons when the matter comes up for debate.
Well, that vote takes place tomorrow, and Mr Crabb has given me the following assurances that he will indeed vote against the bill. He also offered the opportunity to chat with me about this matter. I would like to thank him for his support on this issue and for offering us his time.
Stephen Crabb’s reply states:
“The Bill, which proposes to make it legal for those who are terminally ill to choose to end they own life with medical assistance, has been one of the most prominent issues that constituents have got in contact me with about in the last year. It has certainly divided opinion in Pembrokeshire, and the correspondence I have received is roughly split down the middle both for and against the Bill.
I believe that human life is precious. The lives of people with disabilities or long-term illnesses are of equal worth to everyone else, and they deserve equal protection under the law. I am concerned that leniency towards those assisting in euthanasia will send us further down the slippery slope towards legalising euthanasia itself.
It is for these reasons that I do not believe the case for this Bill has been made, and so I will be in Parliament on Friday to vote against it.”
It is good to hear this message from our MP who will be reflecting our views in the House of Commons tomorrow. Let us keep him and all our public representatives in our thoughts and prayers as they attended this important debate.