Daniel Finkelstein: opponents of assisted dying are ‘radicals’

Sep 23, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: In his Times article today, Daniel Finkelstein insists that to legalise assisted dying (/suicide) would be “a small change”; a very modest development; a necessary and popular incremental reform. As Parliament gets yet another chance to consider this matter (the fourth in 15 years), “eventually success will come,” he tells us. “Political minds change slowly but the change is all in one direction.” His is a teleological belief with a curious argument: There are three...

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Faith groups in united bid to stop Scotland legalising assisted suicide

Sep 23, 2021 by

from Christian Today: A broad coalition including a number of Christian and other faith groups has revealed plans to challenge the legalisation of assisted suicide in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament is preparing to consult the public on legislation that would change the law on the practice. The Care Not Killing (CNK) coalition strongly opposes the move and warns that it would lead to vulnerable people feeling pressured into ending their lives. “This would especially affect people who...

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The UK is at a crossroads of conscience concerning assisted suicide

Sep 21, 2021 by

By Arielle Del Turco, Christian Post: A bill proposed in the Scottish Parliament would legalize physician-assisted suicide, adding Scotland to a growing list of countries that allow the practice. What the Scottish Parliament eventually decides to do with the bill will reveal something about the conscience of the nation. Will Scots choose to tell their fellow man their lives are worth living, or not? Liam McArthur, a Liberal Democrat member of the Scottish Parliament, proposed the bill, which...

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Assisted suicide is the opposite of death with dignity

Sep 14, 2021 by

by Simon Caldwell, TCW: Warning: Some of this material may be distressing. LORD Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has popped up in the debate on assisted suicide, writing in the British Medical Journal that the practice should be legalised because there is ‘nothing holy about agony’. The timing of his intervention is deliberate: a crucial British Medical Association vote today is due on whether to drop opposition to assisted suicide in favour of neutrality, a move...

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Response to Lord Carey and Rabbi Jonathan Romain on ‘doctor assisted dying’

Sep 14, 2021 by

by Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England’s National Adviser on Medical Ethics and Health and Social Care Policy in a letter to the editor, BMJ: The representatives of ‘a new religious alliance in support of doctor assisted dying’ have stated that they wish to counter ‘the impression being conveyed that all faith groups are implacably opposed to changes in the law to help people longing to die on their own terms, without discomfort, indignity, or extreme pain.’ The Church of...

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Former archbishops split on assisted suicide, and there’s no Anglican via media

Sep 13, 2021 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: In the red corner is George, Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002. He favours the legalisation of assisted suicide (or assisted dying, if you prefer) because “there is nothing holy about agony“. In the blue corner is Rowan, Lord Williams of Oystermouth, Archbishop of Canterbury 2002-2012. He opposes assisted suicide (or assisted dying, if you prefer) because of “the unacceptably high price of a change in the law“. There is no good old CofE via media...

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