On 16th January 2015, a number of bishops took part in divisions in the House of Lords, during the Committee Stage of Lord Falconer of Thoroton’s Assisted Dying Bill.
Crossbench Peer Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve moved amendment 12B, in Clause 2, Page 1, line 12, after “of” insert “assistance with suicide provided under”.
Three bishops – the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, and the Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill – voted ‘content’ with the amendment. No bishop voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 106 | Not Contents: 179. The result means that the amendment will not stand part of the Bill.
Crossbench Peer Lord Carlisle of Berriew moved amendment 13, in Clause 2, Page 1, line 13, leave out “a registered medical practitioner” and insert “at least two registered medical practitioners, with one of whom the person has been registered for medical care for at least six months immediately prior to making the declaration at section 1(2)(b) and at least one of whom has diagnosed the terminal illness and treated the person in relation to that terminal illness,”.
The Bishop of Carlisle voted ‘content’. The Bishop of Chester voted ‘not content’.
There were: Contents: 61 | Not Contents: 119. The result means that the amendment will not stand part of the Bill.