The British Medical Association, the United Kingdom’s largest doctors union, has voted to adopt a “neutral” stance on assisted suicide and euthanasia. The move reflects a change in the association’s official position, which, since 2006, had previously opposed the practice of assisted dying. According to The Guardian, it was a close vote, with 49% in favor, 48% opposed, and 3% abstaining. The news outlet reports that the BMA has about 150,000 members.
With the change in position, the British Medical Association will now neither support nor oppose any changes in the law regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia. The organization did stress that physicians should have legally protected rights to conscientiously object from participating in any form of assisted dying.