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Assisted Dying -
As reported in the July edition of imagenews MPs will vote on 11th September on the second reading of Rob Marris’ Assisted Dying Bill. Writing in the Economist, Baroness Ilora Finley, president of the BMA, has argued why the Bill should be opposed. Ilora Finlay has specialised in the care of the dying for more than 27 years.
Many clearly reasoned arguments opposing the Marris Bill have appeared in the last two months. References to some of these are given below.
Dr Peter Saunders, CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, “Over the next month hundreds of thousands of pounds will be spent by the campaign group Dignity in Dying (the former Voluntary Euthanasia Society), who drafted the bill, aided and abetted by its principle cheerleader, the BBC, who can be guaranteed to give it the full oxygen of publicity and to grant an international platform to anyone who supports it.” @
“The reality is that Britain’s law on assisted suicide is clear and right and is working well. It is also being exercised compassionately as the discretion it gives to judges and prosecutors means that only two people have so far been convicted and sentenced under in the last five years.” @
Church of England, “We believe that the Assisted Dying Bill has the potential to damage both the wellbeing of individuals and the nature and shape of our society. If enacted, the Assisted Dying Bill would put at risk many more vulnerable people than it seeks to help.”
Lord David Alton, “We are rightly compassionate and understanding about suicide. But as a society we are clear that suicide itself is not something to be encouraged, much less assisted. We have suicide prevention strategies and suicide watches. When we come across people who are suicidal, we try to help them to live rather than to kill themselves. We don’t give them the proverbial push from the bridge. @
John Harris, “Underneath a lot of this noise is the narcissistic atheism that bien-
Luke O’Sullivan, “Unless Christianity starts to make a come-
Tom Chacko, “Supporting someone’s decision to commit suicide encourages them to do so. If someone tells you that they have come to the view that their life has no value, saying that you respect their decision amounts to validating that view, indicating that you agree—that their life really is that bad. People were horrified when they heard of the incident in Telford this March, when a crowd gathered beneath a building where police were trying to talk a man down from the roof, and shouted at him to ‘Get on with it and jump.’ (He did.) However, if someone is in despair as to their future, the reinforcement of that view by those close to them is much more likely to drive them to suicide than the taunts of strangers.” @
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