Poll: Assisted suicide opposition grows as evidence revealed

Jul 31, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: Public opposition to assisted suicide grows dramatically when people are more informed of the arguments, a new poll has revealed. Figures show that many of those who initially express support for assisted suicide switch to opposing it when presented with evidence from places where the practice has been legalised. The ComRes poll found that 28 per cent of British adults who had supported the proposals switched to opposition when informed that vulnerable people may...

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The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Wesley J Smith, LifeSite: We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture–indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead. Philip Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also its most candid. He believes that everyone owns their own body absolutely and thus have a right to suicide whenever they...

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A window into the Lords debate on assisted dying

Jul 20, 2014 by

By Henry Hill, Conservative Home: Today’s press is full of coverage of yesterday’s debut of the assisted dying debate in the House of Lords. A flavour of the coverage can be found in our newslinks from this morning, and the Guardian live-blogged a lot of it here. The full transcript of the entire debate is now available on the Hansard site. It was by all accounts an extremely good debate, with plenty of thoughtful and well-reasoned contributions on both sides and from all parties. This,...

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Forget about Assisted Dying: what about Assisted Living?

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Charles Moore, Spectator: By the time most readers see this, the House of Lords will have formed a view about Assisted Dying. Some Anglican bishops have got wonderfully on-the-one-hand/on-the-other about it. They seem to want dying assisted, but only a little bit. The Bishop of Carlisle feels that judges, rather than doctors, should decide whether someone has the right to be helped to take his or her own life. Thus do the most enlightened persons inadvertently advocate the return of the...

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Peers given dying clergyman’s plea against assisted suicide

Jul 18, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: A dying clergyman’s plea for assisted suicide to remain against the law has been circulated to every Peer in the House of Lords by the Church of England, ahead of a debate on the issue tomorrow. The Church is opposed to Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill and has given a copy of Revd Jones’ letter to Peers, according to The Independent. Before Revd Christopher Jones died of cancer in 2012, he wrote in a personal reflection that the legal prohibition on assisted...

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Assisted Dying Bill – Archbishop of York speaks against

Jul 18, 2014 by

he Archbishop of York, Most Rev John Sentamu, spoke on 18th July 2014 in the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords.  His speech follows in full: My Lords, let me state at the outset that the ‘official’ Church of England position was made very clear on 9th July 2005, when the General Synod voted on a motion referring to the joint submission of the C of E House of Bishops and the Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference to your Lordships’ House Select Committee [1].  The...

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