Northampton South MP David Mackintosh has vowed to vote against a bill which would allow dying people the choice to end their life earlier.
Politicians in the House of Commons are currently debating the Assisted Dying Bill, which would to make it legal for doctors to prescribe a lethal prescription at the request of a patient with less than six months to live.
The draft law is being proposed by Labour MP, Rob Marris, and the vote on whether to adopt the legislation will take place later on today
But MP David Mackintosh has made a public declaration that he will not be supporting the bill.
In a statement, he said: “Coping with any terminal illness is an extremely distressing and difficult situation for both the patient and their families, and some of the cases we have heard about in the run up to this debate have been truly moving.
“Everyone needs to be sure that they will receive the highest possible quality of palliative support and end-of-life care so I welcome the Department of Health’s current End of Life Care Strategy that is intended to improve access to good quality palliative care, and encourage the Government further to develop specialist palliative care and hospice provision.”
Mr Mackintosh added: “This is an incredibly emotive topic, and it is so difficult to legislate an outcome that can appease all sides of the debate.
“The law on this issue is not perfect, but I think that this can be dealt with in a sensitive and sensible way without having to resort to the introduction of euthanasia. For that reason I will be voting against the proposals.”