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July 2004

**Please write to your MP in support of the campaign**

The new Mental Capacity Bill was published in June and had its First Reading in the House of Commons although it won't have it's Second Reading and go to Committee Stage until the autumn. At that point MPS will debate the main provisions of the proposed legislation and then go on to scrutinise the Bill in more detail.

Details of the Bill and the MDA's response can be found in June 2004 news.

The MDA is now preparing it's 2nd Reading Briefing Paper and will be drafting possible amendments, based upon this, particularly focusing on ensuring the Bill has adequate safeguards that connect together well (these are summarised in the MDA's First Reading Briefing - see June 2004 news).

Unfortunately the Bill has run into a lot of opposition from organisations like the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child who continue to argue that the Bill will allow euthanasia to be introduced. The MDA does not believe this (we did a briefing in November 2003 refuting these arguments) and is concerned that passage of the Bill could be undermined or blocked altogether by opposition form these groups. We are therefore urging anyone who believes in the importance of mental capacity legislation to write to their MPs expressing that view. It doesn't have to be a long letter, a postcard will do, but it is important.

The biggest impact will be from people with disabilities who might be directly affected by the Bill and carers explaining why you believe that the Bill will help your situation. This could be on a letter or a postcard - please see the Write to your MP page for suggested wording of your letter.

The information on this page was provided by members of the Making Decisions Alliance. It was last updated on10 December 2004.

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