January 28th 2003 - LOBBY FOR ANTI-EUTHANASIA BILL TODAY
I received the following e-mail from Nicola Follows today.
Please give her your support.
As a member of the pro-life charity SPUC, ( and as someone who is ALWAYS hounding MPs) I have received the following e-mail which is self explanatory. As euthanasia is such an important issue I wondered whether you think it appropriate to post on the parish web-site. Don't worry if you think not, perhaps you will want to write/e-mail personally. Every letter /e-mail counts. Thank you and regards Nicola Follows
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 11:09 AM
Subject: LOBBY FOR ANTI-EUTHANASIA BILL TODAY
LOBBY FOR ANTI-EUTHANASIA BILL TODAY
On Wednesday 12th February, the House of Lords will debate the Patients Protection Bill. The Bill has been tabled by Baroness Knight of Collingtree and is similar to Ann Winterton MP's Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill 2000. As the Bill will only make progress with the support of the Conservative Opposition, please write to one or more of the following Conservative shadow ministers (at the House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW or by email, see below), asking them to support it:
Lord Strathcylde (Opposition leader in the House of Lords)
Baroness Blatch (Opposition deputy leader in the House of Lords, email@example.com )
Earl Howe (Opposition health spokesman, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Lord McColl (Opposition health spokesman, email@example.com )
Baroness Noakes (Opposition health spokesman, firstname.lastname@example.org )
Please remind them that the Leader of the Opposition Iain Duncan Smith and shadow health ministers Dr Liam Fox and Philip Hammond had all voted in favour of the Winterton Bill and that the last Conservative government had opposed the current government's proposals to pass a law to allow euthanasia by omission (withholding or withdrawing tube-feeding with the intention to bring about the patient's death).
Please also write to the government health minister Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (at the House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW) to urge the government to give parliamentary time to the Bill or at least not to oppose the Bill. Please remind Lord Hunt that the government claims to be opposed to euthanasia, but that euthanasia includes withholding or withdrawing tube-feeding with the intention to bring about the patient's death. For further information contact Anthony Ozimic, political secretary to the directors, SPUC, 5-6 St Matthew Street, Westminster, London SW1P 2JT, tel 020 7222 5845, email email@example.com