Understanding the ‘Assisted Dying’ debate

Assisted Dying Bill 2014

In recent days the news has been covering the attempt, yet again, by Lord Falconer to get a Bill passed through the House of Lords and into the House of Commons that would allow ‘Assisted Dying’ within the U.K.

Assisted dying is the term given to essentially legalise the practice of euthanasia within this country.  Time after time over the past 7 years or so there is increasing pressure by members of the House of Lords to get this motion passed through.  In 2012, the British Medical Association itself came out against such legislation.  So how do we make sense of the ‘facts’ of the arguments being presented to us?

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales have a very good piece on their website entitled ‘Sense and nonsense on assisted dying’.  They also have more information regarding the bill being put forward this time around – see Assisted Dying Bill 2014.  It is well worth a visit.

We are being encouraged to write to the peers of the House of Lords on this debate as it is to be brought forward on Friday 18th July (that’s this Friday).  Visit this page to find out more about contacting your peer.  Please write to a peer before 18th July to tell them your views – especially if you have direct experience of caring for a dying person, either as a family member or as a health or social care professional.

In addition to writing, the most important thing we can do at this time is pray.  Pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit on the House of Lords at this time.  Pray especially this Thursday, the eve of the debate and vote.

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