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How can Christians hold firm to the truth that all life is precious and worth protecting in a society which says autonomy and individualism matters more?  How can Christians be wholly distinct as those who trust God with our lives in this world and that to come and – even more so – our death […]

This is the final blog in a series published ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill tomorrow. The pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide lobby will often present the view that helping someone else to end their life is the most loving and compassionate thing to do. But surely the most compassionate thing to […]

This is the sixth blog in a series ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 18th July. There have been tragic cases of people suffering from a terminal illness who want other people to help them end their life. It is important however that we do not lose sight of […]

Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, has expressed his support for Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill which has its first debate in Parliament on Friday. The Bill would make it legal in England and Wales for a terminally ill, mentally competent adult with less than 6 months to live to be helped to kill themselves. […]

This is the fifth blog in a series ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 18th July. The principal role of the doctor has always been to relieve suffering and treat illness. The basic tenet of the Hippocratic Oath is to “do no harm.” However, this is corrupted by the […]

This is the fourth blog in a series ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 18th July. If assisted suicide was legalised for the terminally ill the door would open and the pressure would be on to extend its remit. The same arguments, centred on choice and autonomy, used now […]

This is the third blog in a series ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill a week today. The majority of UK medical professionals are opposed to assisted suicide. Those groups against changing the law include the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the British Medical Association, […]

This is the second blog in a series ahead of the Second Reading of the Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 18th July. Do we have a right to decide when we want to end our life? Dignity in Dying patron, Sir Patrick Stewart has argued “We have no control over how we arrive in the […]

This is the first blog in a series leading up to the Second Reading of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill next week. Changing the law to allow assisted suicide will put pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for fear of being a burden. If assisted suicide is legalised a great number of the […]

The House of Commons today held its first debate on the Modern Slavery Bill.   Although the Bill was warmly welcomed by all MPs, numerous members from across the parties called for the Government to amend several aspects of the Bill in order to strengthen the impact that the legislation will have. There are three areas […]