Former Archbishop ‘out of step’ with C of E on assisted suicide

Mar 8, 2017 by

from The Christian Institute:

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has reiterated his view that assisted suicide should be legalised in the UK.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Monday, Lord Carey of Clifton lauded countries with liberal euthanasia laws.

A Bill to legalise assisted suicide was soundly defeated in the House of Commons in 2015 by 330 votes to 118.

‘Out of step’

Lord Carey admitted he was “out of step” with the Church of England, as he claimed that laws in Canada had put a stop to “the unnecessary prolongation of life, which for some is not worth the candle”.

He made the comments after Baroness Jay of Paddington had called for Parliament to hold another vote on the issue.

However Baroness Masham of Ilton, who uses a wheelchair and campaigns for disabled rights, said any change in the law may leave many older, frail and disabled people at “risk of family pressure”.

Responding for the Government, justice minister Lord Keen of Elie said: “As things stand, the will of Parliament as a whole is that there should be no change in the law.”

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