Scots postpone the right to die

The Scottish parliament has rejected right-to-die legislation for the second time in five years despite polls showing it is backed by around two thirds of the population.

The bill on legalising assisted suicide was defeated by 82 votes to 36 after being criticised for lacking  clarity, increasing the risk of coercion of vulnerable people and potentially making suicide more acceptable in society, The BMJ reports.

Members of the parliament who support the bill argue that the proposed legislation can be improved and that it is wrong to deny people the right to choose the way they end their own life.

Patrick Harvie, the Green MP who put